updating Julian Assange news mainly by Wikileaks storify

I’d been checking into the related accounts, and given this most recent Tweet, I’d decided it was worth bringing more.

the Scribd 2018 transcript document has an interesting ‘Uploaded by’, yes? Please provide excerpts at will! I’m strapped for time again, and had been working all morning on something wholly different in my (yes, longish) breaks from RL obligations.

It’s good to hear from Jen Robinson again:

I can’t even get into the Slimes via Private window, so I have no idea how it reads, but:

Whooosh-worthily helpful:

And speaking of “if he’s still there”, a fellow from class conscious had stopped by the Café and asked for my e-address, then had emailed me some links, and if I have it right, we’re able to click into this page: https://freepressday2019.wordpress.com/
to sign onto the letter of support to the MEAA, or sign up for may 3 actions in support of Assange and Manning
at the bottom it says:
Contact: worldpressfreedomday@protonmail.com to endorse either the letter or the call out for actions on May 3

and this weird news from Hanna Jonason on Wed. April 3: “(The meeting was supposed to take place today but Ecuador failed to authorise it).”

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These are about an hour each, but interesting if you can listen while cleaning or busying around.

Ray
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnwgQhBSEqI
John
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_C92BT8Fzk

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

i was spending my time trying to find what's on the scribd transcript. i've found some of it in the funniest way; see below.

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Listen to your higher mind.

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amigo; i couldn't make out the lyrics once i got it to play.

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‘Anonymous Cf4jDCM’ might be, i'd stuck it into a bing engine, and lo and behold got one hit: ‘EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Assange Court Transcript Sheds Light on US-Backed Ecuadorian Expulsion Plans’, thegatewaypundit.com, Cassandra Fairbanks, April 6, 2019

“Journalists and media were banned from recording the proceedings, but a court record was later obtained through legal process and provided to The Gateway Pundit. It has never before been revealed.

“I have been in this embassy without sunlight for six years and essentially isolated from most people for seven months,” Assange told the court, “including electronic communication, the telephone etc, from my young children.”

“He went on to highlight the level of interference and security risks he faces at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has claimed asylum for the past seven years. Assange spoke of signal jammers placed in the embassy to prevent him making phone calls, as well as repeated attempts by unknown persons to break through his windows at night. He said that someone had even attempted to breach the window in the early hours before this very testimony.

“I am an assassination risk. It is not a joke. It is a serious business,” Assange said.

"Assange went on to discuss how political changes in Ecuador had caused his asylum to come under threat.

“Due to various weaknesses in the Ecuadorian Government, namely the split – which I do not want to have any part of – within the Government’s Party, it has become weak and it has therefore started to lean on the United States and the UK for various kinds of support and this has caused an undue amount of influence by the United States,” said Assange.

This agitated the Attorney General of Ecuador, who was present at the hearing along with the presiding judge. “I have decided not to remain quiet, given the malicious and perverse insinuations about what Ecuador is doing, it has been influenced by foreign States,” he said.

He added that “Ecuador is a sovereign country.”

"Assange’s testimony continued, and he asserted that the Ecuadorian Government is “positioning itself in order to violate the asylum.” He accused them of “deliberately leaking out to the press selective scandalous material” and gagging him so he cannot rebut the allegations.
“It’s all about setting the ground in order to violate the asylum, to hand me over to the United States. It’s come off the back of our March 2017 publication, the largest-ever in the history of the CIA, that resulted in many threats against WikiLeaks and, as of June this year, my alleged source Joshua Schulte, a CIA intelligence officer, was seized, put into prison, and they are trying to sentence him to 135 years,” Assange told the court.”

“We know that Senators have written to [US Vice President] Mike Pence, telling him to tell President Moreno to hand me over.”

by my lights, he has it right about his publishing the CIA vaults 7 and 8; i'd kinda thought that may have been when the Intercept 'fearless journalists' had turned on julian as well.

i'll go read some more of the transcript, and good on cassandra.

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bringing more, as when i copy past it into my word doc, the text goes all gobbledy-gook with weird symbols like this:

As well as $eing someone in a difficult situation, who has not $een a$le to properly communicate with their children, who%s $een denied since January -Dth nearly all "isitors other than my lawyers  /arliamentarians, figures from uman

i'll see; as a matter of fact i had planned on making a birthday cake for a friend who'd had an emergency appendectomy...on her birthday this past week. bummer in the summer.

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@wendy davis

It's really eye opening to read the comments below the Gateway Pundit article. There are quite a few Trump true-believers there, nearly all of whom support Assange. They are begging Trump to intervene on behalf of Assange, not realizing somehow that it's the Trump administration who is now responsible for the tremendous danger Assange faces. I got the impression that many of them are believers in the Q tales, also.

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@travelerxxx

my friend, but i'll tune into cassandra's comments in the morn, okay? thanks for reading and caring. we'll see what tomorrow may bring.

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@travelerxxx  
— a serious commentator and news aggregator, not right-wing or crackpottish by any means — also makes the case that intervening on the side of Julian Assange (and Ed Snowden and Chelsea Manning) would actually be one of the strongest moves Trump as POTUS could make in his own interest.

https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2019/04/warning-mr-trump/

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ilargi's letter, amiga. i agree with the commenters noting how great that particular picasso painting was representational.

a commenter at the café borrowed some bits from this very lengthy and estimable narrative: 'The Psychology Of Getting Julian Assange, Part 1: What’s Torture Got To Do With It? ‘, Dr Lissa Johnson on February 19, 2019, newmatilda.com

he'd used portions from her 'Trust, vulnerability and the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessment Branch of the US Defense Department' section. holy crow, she has four more parts as well. oy.

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@travelerxxx

the place, but the peep who'd advised assange to name seth rich as the source of the insider downloaded emails was...er...crazy! ; )

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Did anyone run this idea by Trump or were there others that refused to consider the deal? Our, Comey and Warner I can understand not wanting it to happen, but I bet that Bolton and Pompeo didn't either. Bolton's very possessive of any records of his or ours war crimes.

If Assange does get extradited then I hope Wikileaks shows its insurance policy and that it's a doozy.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
- strife delivery

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warner's announcing the 'stand-down' order. there's no way julian would become a hacktivist for the US gummnit, imo, if that's what the anchor'd been suggesting.

thanks for bringing that.

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@snoopydawg

version from ray mcgovern at mintpress news, and he got his info via john solomon at...the hill. how very complicated it all is when anonymous sources are quoted.

Did James Comey and Senator Mark Warner ‘Collude’ on #Russiagate “; The U.S. was in talks for a deal with Julian Assange but then FBI Director James Comey ordered an end to negotiations after Assange offered to prove Russia was not involved in the DNC leak, as Ray McGovern explains.’, by Ray McGovern, mint press news

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after trying 3 different browsers, and went and baked my cakes.

i did go back to wikileaks from yesterday and fond this: 'THE “ASSANGE PRECEDENT”: THE THREAT TO THE MEDIA POSED BY THE TRUMPADMINISTRATION’S PROSECUTION OF JULIAN ASSANGE, March 2019 (misleading title, imo), but the pdf is also dated March 2019

“The Trump Administration has confirmed that it has charged WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange and that it seeks his extradition from the United Kingdom.[5] The charges relate to WikiLeaks’ 2010-2011 joint publications on war, diplomacy and rendition with a range of media organizations; these were published in Europe while Julian Assange was in Europe.[6] In the US, Assange faces life in prison.

The alleged source, Chelsea Manning, who was granted a commutation by President Obama, was re-jailed on 8 March 2019 by the Trump Administration to coerce her to testify in secret against WikiLeaks over the 2010 publications. On her jailing, she stated that “I stand by my previous public testimony”.[7] In her 2013 trial, Manning stated that “the decisions that I made to send documents and information” to WikiLeaks “were my own”.[8]
The Trump Administration’s actions are a serious threat to freedom of expression and freedom of the media.

1. The Trump Administration is seeking to use its case against WikiLeaks as an “icebreaker” to crush the rest of the press.

The administration is seeking to end the rash of leaks about it by using the case against WikiLeaks as an “icebreaker” against the rest of the media. The administration has been plagued by hundreds of government leaks, on everything from Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Australia and Mexico to Jared Kushner’s security clearance to an upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un to his personal diary etc. In fact, the Trump Administration has already threatened to prosecute journalists publishing classified leaks.[9] The Trump Administration is hostile to the press and will not stop at WikiLeaks; WikiLeaks is the desired precedent-setter to hobble the rest of the press."

now the Trump adminitration could include pence, bolton, pompeo as well...

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@wendy davis

now the Trump adminitration could include pence, bolton, pompeo as well...

Best I can tell, when it comes to foreign policy or intelligence matters, Bolton and Pompeo ARE the administration.

Who knows what Trump actually thinks, as I believe Bolton and Pompeo do his FP thinking for him. Trump is lazy ... which I suppose is giving him credit for not being stupid although he may be that, too.

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buster keaton. as i understand it, even his military acts independently of his Tweeted FP.

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i need a PBS film break. let this peter tosh cover be a lullaby for chelsea and julian, both of whom must be scared witless at this point. hope they can hear it thru the noosphere...somehow, like the power of butterfly winds beating...in concert. g' night.

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night: 'VIDEO from just now: four plainclothes men in car outside Ecuadorian embassy with motor running and wheel spot', this from this a.m.

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NYT 'truth' Kenneth P. Vogel and Nicholas Casey, Dec. 3, 2018" that paul manafort had offered to trade assange to moreno for debt relief for ecuador. i'd brought the telesur english version on my last assange diary, but when i'd stuck the terms into a binb engine this a.m. i did manage to get in via private window, and here are some of the weasel word passages inside:

“In at least two meetings with Mr. Manafort, Mr. Moreno and his aides discussed their desire to rid themselves of Mr. Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, in exchange for concessions like debt relief from the United States, according to three people familiar with the talks, the details of which have not been previously reported.

There is no evidence that Mr. Manafort was working with — or even briefing — President Trump or other administration officials on his discussions with the Ecuadoreans about Mr. Assange. Nor is there any evidence that his brief involvement in the talks was motivated by concerns about the role that Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks played in facilitating the Russian effort to help Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential election, or the investigation into possible coordination between Mr. Assange and Mr. Trump’s associates, which has become a focus for Mr. Mueller.

Mr. Manafort and WikiLeaks have both denied a recent report in The Guardian that Mr. Manafort visited Mr. Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in 2013, 2015 and 2016. [ha ha!]

In the months after Mr. Moreno took office, the Ecuadorean government granted citizenship to Mr. Assange and secretly pursued a plan to provide him a diplomatic post in Russia as a way to free him from confinement in the embassy in London. (That plan was ultimately dropped in the face of opposition from British authorities, who have said they will arrest Mr. Assange if he leaves the embassy.)"

the diplomatic post in russia link leading to the guardian, by luke harding & friends. all of it sounds like bullshit to me. their incentive? get trump via mueller but pretend not to? your guesses are likely better than mine.

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pointed me to trnn for agreement from:

FIDEL NARVAEZ: This story about Manafort meeting with Lenin Moreno is true. It is not a secret. It was reported normally and immediately. Mr. Moreno met with many people before he took presidency. When they met, Moreno was not president yet; he was president-elect, apparently. And this is true, and the sources that the Guardian is using for the fabrications immediately starting [inaudible]brating connections between Manafort and WikiLeaks or Assange on nonsenses. The reports that we have is that it was Moreno who put Assange on the table in that meeting with Manafort. According to the reports that we have, Manafort just basically listened. Moreno doesn’t want to have Assange at the embassy. He never wanted. Not even when he was vice president of Correa.

so...maybe so.

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