In the spirit of the holidays, it looks like “Embassy Cat” has created an Advent-like Christmas calendar about Julian Assange. It can only be accessed via a mobile device and can be found at embassy.cat (“EmbassyCat – I used to live at the Ecuadorian Embassy with Julian Assange”), a website that was actually registered last year on September 26, 2017, and is hosted by the Danish company, UnoEuro.
Naturally because of UnoEuro’s location one might assume that Anonymous Scandinavia is behind the holiday festivities. However, on December 2, 2018, someone posted the website on Twitter and @AnonScan gave no indication at the time that it was perhaps something to follow.
But just the other day @AnonScan posted a video of Poppy, an “internet phenom, known for her strange YouTube videos and her Japanese inspired bubblegum pop,” with the message, “#AI THX to #Poppy + embassy.cat.” Interestingly (or maybe not), the Poppy video is entitled, “She is lying!” and shows Poppy talking with her friend, Charlotte, who recently reappeared in Poppy’s videos. I have no idea what the fallout was between the two of them (I don’t follow the Youtube channel) but a few days prior another video was uploaded to the “Poppy” channel called, “The Return of Charlotte,” where Charlotte essentially threatens to take Poppy out. Weird? Definitely. The correlation between Poppy and the Christmas calendar? I dunno.
If you click on the embassy.cat link (remember, use your cellphone), you’ll see the twenty-four day calendar that leads up to Christmas Day. And no, you can’t cheat and look ahead because I tried and you can’t do it and it was all “You have been stopped” Chris Christie-esque style. Okay, it wasn’t but you still can’t do it. Below are the first twelve days.
Okay, the 8th of December eight years ago. Let’s start with November 28, 2010, when WikiLeaks started publishing a shiz ton of documents sent between the U.S. State Department and its embassies, consulates, and diplomatic outposts around the world called Cablegate. Within days of the publication Interpol issued a “red notice” for Bill Browder…kidding, he’s still on the loose…for Julian Assange likely in part of the cable leaks (technically it was in response to a Swedish investigation) and the hope that they would stop. But they didn’t. WikiLeaks kept publishing regardless.
On the morning of December 7, 2010, and after the U.K. accepted a Swedish arrest warrant issued for Assange over sexual allegations, he turned himself over to the authorities. And let’s just side note real quick here for the detractors: Assange never fled Sweden or any sexual allegations (or charges, he was never charged!). He literally hung out in Sweden for a month before the Swedish prosecutor approved his departure. What happened over the course of the next six years was not about Assange hiding or fleeing a Swedish inquisition but rather a Swedish prosecutor who carried out a “legal circus,” a politically motivated charade, a U.S.-poisoned criminal investigation against him.
On the day of his arrest, WikiLeaks’ current Editor in Chief and spokesperson at the time Kristinn Hrafnsson stated that Assange’s detainment “would not derail the releases of the cables,” and his attorney reported,
“WikiLeaks has also posted a massive, closely encrypted file, identified as ‘insurance’ – a file Assange’s lawyer has described as a ‘thermonuclear device.’ Assange has said the more than 100,000 people who have downloaded the file will receive the key to decoding it should anything happen to him or should the site [WikiLeaks] be taken down.”
It’s unclear if at the time the insurance file was the remainder of unpublished Cable documents or another set of files that remains unpublished as of today. As for Assange, after facing the judge on the day of his arrest, he was denied bail and spent ten days in solitary confinement — for never being charged with a crime. Ever.
Sound familiar? It should. Assange has spent almost the last nine months in solitary confinement, a sentence imposed upon him by neither a judge or jury but rather by Ecuador’s dictator Lenin Moreno and with the blessing of both the Trump administration and U.K. government. Where’s Bill Browder championing in on his white horse, the Magnitsky Act, when you need it… Curious that, isn’t it?
As if the U.K.’s arrest and detainment of an uncharged journalist and publisher wasn’t enough, “an arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade” was instituted by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union” against WikiLeaks that same day. In response, on December 8, 2010, the online collective Anonymous took #OperationPayback, an operation directed at companies that had frozen WikiLeaks’ accounts, to a whole new level. As one Twitter account exclaimed, “We will fire at anyone that tries to censor WikiLeaks,” and the Guardian reported (before it recently self-imploded into an abyss of disrespect and ill repute), “The day after WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange was refused bail, the ‘hacktivist’ group Operation Payback began to flex their muscles, attacking websites including MasterCard and Visa.”
I know, I know, the first thing you thought of was Human Rights Day and Julian Assange, right? Right. Well, Embassy Cat may have been referring to that with a nice little poke at Downing Street but in response to the calendar’s “Day Ten,” hint, @AnonScan pointed out that Theresa May also delayed the Brexit vote which means you should watch this because it’s about Brexit. And it’s hilarious.
So December 12, 2018, is going to be special, eh? Well, the one thing I know that’s happening is that Julian Assange’s legal team is expected to “arrange for an appeal…concerning the restrictions imposed by the embassy/State of Ecuador” at 8:30 am EST TODAY so get up and make that coffee. Stat.
Sweet baby Jesus in a Cadillac, could this mean that Assange might finally get reconnected to the internet and collectively we’ll all get a bit of our sanity back? Or maybe he’s going to speak at the hearing today. Either way, we miss your human too, Embassy Cat, and hope that he’s back with us soon.
See next “Embassy Cat’s Julian Calendar: December 13th“