Ecuador withdrew his political asylum seven years after he was given refuge by the country. The Wikileaks founder was dragged head-first out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in handcuffs (shown left) by a group of seven burly police officers as stunned supporters and protesters watched on in central London. Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said the decision to withdraw Assange's asylum status came after the 'repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols' and his 'discourteous and aggressive behaviour'. Moreno added that he had asked Britain to guarantee that Assange (top right) would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty. Moments after the arrest, during which Assange held on to a Gore Vidal book on the history of the national security state, WikiLeaks said Ecuador had acted illegally and 'in violation of international law'.
Pamela Anderson doesn't think it's good news. In fact, she's very miffed! She said, “I am in shock. I couldn’t hear clearly what he said? He looks very bad. How could you Ecuador? (Because he exposed you). How could you UK.? Of course - you are America’s b***h and you need a diversion from your idiotic Brexit b*******.” Ooo! They've already hauled him off to Westminster Magistrates' Court. He pleaded not guilty to failing to surrender to custody as required for an extradition order to Sweden. He will not give evidence but his lawyer will argue he had a "reasonable excuse" for not surrendering to custody. But the judge branded his defence as "laughable", adding: "Mr Assange's behaviour is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests. He hasn't come close to establishing 'reasonable excuse'."
The court also heard the US has requested Mr Assange's extradition over an allegation that he conspired with intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to disclose documents. Mr Assange was told he is now accused under section six, not section seven, of the Bail Act and must re-enter his plea. www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1112951/Julian-assange-news-court-apperance-wikileaks-arrest Final footnotes * Julian Assange DEFENDED by Jeremy Corbyn in archive tweet * Julian Assange Twitter memes: 'Assange tried to pass as Uncle Albert'
The Shadow Home Secretary (that's Diane Abbott in case you've forgotten because she's been caged lately) said the Wikileaks founder had become a target of the authorities because he had “exposed wrongdoing by US administrations and their military forces.”
There was a 500+ page thread posted at the FOF first time round which I contributed nothing to as it was boring as feck, and now he's back in the headlines and I still don't know or care what he's actually done. He sounds like a twot is about all I can offer, if that's right then fine, if not, carry on...
I agree with Flying Pigs It's a disgrace he seemingly got away with the rape charges. They were dropped by Swedish authorities after the statute of limitations expired. That doesn't make him innocent Diane Abbott! Three times this morning she told John Humphrys on Radio 4: 'Charges were never brought.' Well, that's alright then!
The Shadow Home Secretary was branded a 'disgrace' today amid a furious backlash online. Yesterday she called for the UK to block the Wikileaks co-founder's extradition to the US for revealing sensitive military information. Today she told John Humphrys on Radio 4 that there may be human rights grounds on which to oppose the hacker being taken to the US after he was ejected from the Ecuadorian embassy. The presenter challenged the Hackney North MP, telling her that Assange had skipped bail and only sought diplomatic immunity in the building when he faced sexual assault allegations in Sweden relating to two women and refused to go to the country. She responded 'those charges were never brought' before Humphrys pointed out that Swedish law prevents suspects from being charge in their absence. She repeated the assertion a third time after saying: 'We all know what this is about. It's not the rape charges - as they are - it's about the Wikileaks and all of that embarrassing information about the activities of the American military and security services that was made public.'