The Time correspondent wrote, “I can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange.”
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Starring Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, The Fifth Estate could powerfully change public opinion when it comes out in October.
Protesters gathered outside the embassy this morning — some in support of Assange and Wikileaks; but many merely to support the idea that Ecuador’s sovereignty should not be messed with. They were also waiting with members of the press for the formal decision by Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, who has just announced that Assange will be granted asylum in their country. Patiño stated that Assange’s fears of persecution are real and that once in Sweden he could be extradited to the United States where he “would not have a fair trial” and “his human rights would not be respected.”
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Dear Mr. President Obama,
I have the pleasure to send a congratulation note for the first time to an American president, and on behalf of all Africa, and of Cen-Sad, the base of the African pyramid, and on behalf of the Arab Maghreb Union, and in the name of all Arab leaders as I am their dean.
I salute the American people who have chosen you in these historical elections for such a high position, so that you may lead the change that you have promised them and for which they have rallied around you.
We hope that you lead the United States of America on the path of good and respect peoples’ sovereignty and observe the policy of neutrality.
Looks like Assange may have just joined the FRONTLINE chat.
Soon after, Brian Manning, Bradley Manning’s father said he had to leave the chat, which ran for roughly 45 minutes.
I was the Bradley Manning of my day. In 1971 I too faced life (115 years) in prison for exposing classified government lies and crimes. President Obama says “the Ellsberg material was classified on a different basis.” True. The Pentagon Papers were not Secret like the Wikileaks revelations, they were all marked Top Secret—Sensitive.
Ultimately all charges in my case were dropped because of criminal governmental misconduct toward me during my proceedings. Exactly the same outcome should occur now, in light of the criminal conditions of Manning’s confinement for the last six months.
Nils Rekke, head of the legal department at the Swedish prosecutor’s office in Stockholm, said the 39-year-old Australian would be protected from transfer to the US by strict European rules.
"If Assange was handed over to Sweden in accordance with the European arrest warrant, Sweden cannot do as Sweden likes after that," he said. "If there were any questions of an extradition approach from the US, then Sweden would have to get an approval from the United Kingdom."
Assange’s lawyers will battle extradition on the grounds that he has not been charged with a crime in Sweden and is only wanted for questioning. They argue that “it is a well-established principle of extradition law … that mere suspicion should not found a request for extradition”.
Lawyers for Sweden have yet to disclose their legal arguments.
Christmas with Julian. Yes, really. Exclusive images of the Wikileaks founder under house arrest in Britain.