Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested. Update!

By |2019-04-11T10:15:34-08:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |23 Comments

Courtesy of NYT:

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who released reams of secret documents that embarrassed the United States government, was arrested by the British police on Thursday at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012, after Ecuador withdrew the asylum it had granted him.

The Metropolitan Police said that Mr. Assange had been detained partly in connection with an extradition warrant filed by the authorities in the United States, where he could face of a charge of computer hacking, according to an American official, if he is extradited.

The United States Justice Department has charged Mr. Assange, 47, in relation to the publication of classified documents, a fact that prosecutors accidentally made public in November.

Barry J. Pollack, a lawyer for Mr. Assange, accused the United States of conducting what he said was “an unprecedented effort by the United States seeking to extradite a foreign journalist to face criminal charges for publishing truthful information.”

Mr. Assange is also suspected of aiding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election by releasing material stolen from the computers of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. In July, the Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking those computers, and the indictment contends that at least one of them was in contact with WikiLeaks.

Mr. Assange’s arrest now opens a new avenue for United States counterintelligence investigations into Russia’s efforts to interfere with the presidential election.

This is big news, and it may impact some of the congressional investigations into Donald Trump’s conduct during the 2016 election, and the federal case against Roger Stone. 

Remember that Trump mentioned Wikileaks over 140 times during the campaign and that Roger Stone bragged that he had communicated with Assange during that same period.

There are those who will argue that Assange was only acting as a journalist publishing information for the public good, but in my opinion, that ship has sailed and it left port when Assange started doing the bidding of the Kremlin. 

Update: Trump just said today that he knows nothing about Wikileaks.

However here is he in 2016 promoting them like he is their hired spokesperson. 

Update 2: And here is Putin’s official spokesman  demanding that Julian Assange’s rights be protected courtesy of Newsweek:

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, responded to the Thursday arrest of Julian Assange in London after Ecuador stripped the WikiLeaks founder of asylum

“If these media reports are true, he was arrested in London, so I have nothing more to add here,” Peskov said, according to Russia’s Tass news agency. “We do hope, of course, that all his rights will be respected,” he added.

Other Russian officials also voiced their concern about Assange’s well-being following his detention by British authorities.

“We need to use all international opportunities to protect the person who tried to expose the truth and bring information to the public that some entities carefully concealed,” said Alexey Chepa, deputy chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s Federal Assembly, according to The Moscow Times.

Just in case anybody still harbored some residual doubt that Assange was a Russian asset. 

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23 Comments

  1. Skunkcabbage April 11, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Been waiting for this. Looking to see if the US does in fact extradite him, and then how the DOJ will handle it. I’m actually hoping GB will put him on trial there first and release hordes of info before he is tried in the US so that it would be impossible for the Barr DOJ to suppress the information.

  2. Rolex April 11, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I’m hoping GB tried him first too, because, trump considers him a friend, and wants to pardon him.
    Can’t believe people ever considered him anything but a traitor. But then if America wasn’t full of morons, we wouldn’t have trump in the WH.

    • Gryphen April 11, 2019 at 7:48 am

      Well, he is not an American citizen so he cannot really be considered a traitor.

      However, I do agree that the country is full of morons.

  3. Anonymous April 11, 2019 at 7:48 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/pamela-anderson-shock-russia-fuming-arrest-julian-assange/

    Read the list.
    ” Sweden accuser: reopen case –
    “We will do everything we can to get the prosecutors to reopen the Swedish investigation so that Assange can be extradited to Sweden and be prosecuted for rape,” his accuser’s lawyer Elisabeth Massi Fritz told AFP.”

  4. Rolex April 11, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Forgot he’s from downunder. He is, however, a traitor to democracy.

  5. aNOn April 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/not-thing-trump-denies-knowledge-wikileaks-promoted-relentlessly-2016-campaign/

    “I kNOw NOthing about Wikileaks,” Trump said. “It’s NOt my thing.”

  6. HRH April 11, 2019 at 10:23 am

    If what the embassy spokesman says is true re Assange’s behavior, this may be a ploy to have him(self) declared mentally impaired from all those years in the embassy.

    • Eye roll April 12, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Yeah. Cuz that will secure funds. U R stupid.

  7. Rick April 11, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Please, tell me one lie that Assange published? Does the truth belong to the Russians? Why is this any different than the Pentagon Papers?

    • CFR April 11, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Sending classified documents including emails is against the law in the USA.

  8. Old Redneck April 11, 2019 at 10:55 am

    The current charges against Assange were filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. The charges may stem from the Mueller probe but are not part of Mueller’s report, thus, the charges cannot be blocked by AG Bill “I Love Turmp” Barr unless he wants a huge firestorm. This is an example of what Mueller did; more examples may be forthcoming. Mueller found a lot of bad shit. Instead of piling it all on his team, he sent it to various federal attorneys for prosecution where he knew the charges would be prosecuted without interference from the White House or the AG. Probably a lot of other charges coming against any number of people.

    Meanwhile, Donnie “I love WikiLeaks” Trump says: “WikiLeaks?? WikiLeaks? Never heard of them!!!”
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/4/11/1849554/-Donald-I-love-Wikileaks-Trump-outrageously-claims-I-know-nothing-about-Wikileaks

  9. Old Redneck April 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Meanwhile, has there been any news as to the whereabouts of Assange’s cat who lived with him in the Ecuadorean embassy?

  10. majii April 11, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I had to watch the video clip of Assange struggling against London police officers in an effort to avoid leaving Ecuador’s embassy more than once. He kept ignoring the Ecuadoran government’s advice until the government got fed up with him and yanked his asylum status. I guess President Moreno got tired of Assange’s arrogance and dismissive attitude about the rules Ecuador had established for him to follow and decided to, as my dearly departed mama would say, ” put his soup out in the middle of the street.”

  11. Anonymous April 11, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I can’t wait to see the memes of Assange, kicking and screaming

  12. anonymous April 11, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    He was pivotal in the 2016 election. Do you really think he will be prosecuted here? No, he’ll be hailed as a hero and will head one of T’s ‘all about me’ parades. He’s part of that good ‘ole boy club. He’ll be taken care of very comfortably.

  13. Anonymous April 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    We are up to our necks in Russian plots. How oh how, did we get here? Remember the good old days when the only time we thought of Russians was when there was a cheating scandal on their athletes doping? Putin has a game plan. I see the QAnon people as part of the plot. Commenters above are right, that are country’s dumb asses are being duped. What a horrible situation. Sigh.

    • Wait for it... April 13, 2019 at 10:14 am

      Pumpkin is in for a HUGE surprise.

  14. anonymous April 12, 2019 at 7:11 am

    “Deadnaming is problematic because it can feel invalidating and disrespectful to the person it’s being done to, according to Pink News.

    “Essentially, it highlights that they’re not supported in their transition process, whether it’s before, during or after,” says the publication, which stresses that many people don’t realize the “depth of emotion” linked to a trans person’s identity.

    Twitter banned deadnaming in 2018.”

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chelsea-manning-fox-news-julian-assange_n_5caf3fe9e4b0308735d5da01

  15. anonymous April 12, 2019 at 8:37 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/pence-gets-destroyed-trying-clean-trumps-wikileaks-lie-words-dont-meaning-trumpworld/

    ‘Words don’t have meaning in Trumpworld’

    It’s like these people have never seen a shit talker before. Millionaire guardians of truth who can’t distinguish between shit-talking and substance.
    This is how an obsequious, oleaginous sycophant talks to defend his master. The truth is there for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear.

    Mother-fucker

  16. Anon April 13, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Is Bristol now going to sell him a house?

  17. Anonymous April 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I want to know what part Assange plays in the Mueller report. He met with Trump campaign people including Jr.

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