#1 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now an Ecuadorian citizen by algernonpj 11.01.2018 18:19


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now an Ecuadorian citizen
Posted 3 hours ago by Taylor Hatmaker (@tayhatmaker)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is stateless no more. On Thursday, Ecuador revealed that it had extended citizenship to Assange, a controversial figure who moved into London’s Ecuadorian embassy to evade extradition to Sweden back in 2012. Assange alluded to the citizenship status with a Twitter post depicting him in an Ecuadorian football jersey.


Sweden has since abandoned its intention to bring Assange back to the country to face allegations related to sexual assault. Still, Assange remained in the Ecuadorian embassy for fear of being extradited to the United States for his role in releasing classified U.S. intelligence and military documentation, including a video that depicted U.S. troops gunning down a number of non-combatants in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists and children.

At the time of his work with whistleblower Chelsea Manning, many viewed Assange as a champion of government transparency, though his legacy now is considerably more mixed. Since that time, Assange has taken to openly peddling widely debunked conspiracy theories and lashing out at journalists who revealed that WikiLeaks concealed documents that showed massive payments between Syria and Russia.

Assange’s newfound citizenship has again escalated tensions with Britain, though it’s likely that he’ll leverage the status to make a move out of the Ecuadorian embassy once and for all.


#2 RE: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now an Ecuadorian citizen by algernonpj 11.01.2018 21:03


Ecuador confirms that Julian Assange has become a citizen of the country and a DIPLOMAT as it requests a 'dignified and just' solution with Britain

  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange became an Ecuadorian citizen in December

  • On Tuesday, the talk was that he may be expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy

  • But it was then revealed that Assange had received an Ecuadorian passport

  • Ecuador asked London to recognise Assange as a diplomat but Britain refused

  • Assange, 46, posted a pictured of himself wearing an Ecuadorian football shirt

  • By Gareth Davies and Kelly Mclaughlin For Mailonline
    Published: 11:15 EST, 11 January 2018 | Updated: 15:52 EST, 11 January 2018

    Ecuador has granted citizenship to Julian Assange, who has been living in asylum at the nation's embassy in London for more than five years to avoid arrest.

    The WikiLeaks founder became a citizen of Ecuador on December 12, and now the country is seeking a 'dignified and just' solution with the British Government, as Assange continues to live in its London Embassy.

    Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced Thursday that Ecuador had asked London to recognise Assange as a diplomat - which would give him safe passage out of the embassy without fear of arrest - but Britain had refused.

    The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange posted a picture of himself wearing an Ecuador football shirt, adding to the speculation he had been granted citizenship

    'The Ecuadoran government is empowered to grant nationality to the protected person and thus facilitate... his inclusion in the host state,' Espinosa told reporters.

    She said the request to Britain to accept diplomatic status for Assange was made on December 20, and denied a day later.

    The foreign minister said Quito would not insist further on the issue because of the 'good relations we have with the United Kingdom'.

    The British foreign ministry said in a statement that Ecuador had 'recently requested diplomatic status for Mr Assange here in the UK. The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter.'

    News of his naturalization comes a day after he it was revealed he had been given an Ecuadorian passport.

    Assange posted a picture of himself wearing an Ecuador football shirt on Wednesday, which added to the speculation he had been received citizenship.



    #3 RE: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now an Ecuadorian citizen by algernonpj 12.01.2018 21:48



    Trump Clears Path for Assange to Leave London
    WikiLeaks acknowledge Trump admin ended grand jury proceedings

    Jerome Corsi
    January 4, 2018

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the past few days, a series of unexpected developments have cleared the path for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without fear of arrest.

    On Tuesday, WikiLeaks posted a tweet announcing the U.S. government had ended its eight-year-long grand jury proceedings against WikiLeaks that was expanded in 2017 to cover the WikiLeaks various “Vault” releases on CIA spy technology.


    Trump’s attorneys argue Assange’s First Amendment right to publish

    In a motion filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Dec. 29, 2017, in the case Roy Cockrum vs. Donald J. Trump for President, Trump’s attorneys argued that Julian Assange had a right under the First Amendment to publish the DNC and John Podesta emails, even if the emails were stolen.



    Ecuador Grants Assange a Passport to Travel Internationally
    Ecuador reveals Assange was granted citizenship in December, fueling speculation Assange has left London

    Jerome Corsi
    January 11, 2018

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a press conference held Thursday, Jan. 11, in Quito, Ecuador, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed both that Ecuador naturalized Julian Assange in granting him citizenship, and that Ecuador had extended to Assange diplomatic status as well.

    With diplomatic status, Ecuador would be in a position to grant Assange an international passport that would give Assange the right to leave the United Kingdom with immunity.

    During the course of the press conference in Quito, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs further revealed that Assange was naturalized an Ecuadorian citizen on December 12, 2017, some one month before the official announcement was made yesterday.



    #4 RE: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now an Ecuadorian citizen by truthkeeper 13.01.2018 10:11


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