Yesterday, on the fourth floor of the Provincial Court of Pichincha located in Quito, Ecuador, a tribunal of judges, Fausto Chavez, Cecilia Acevedo, and Ana Intirago, listened to Julian Assange’s attorney, Carlos Poveda, present his appeal case against new rules Ecuador has put in place at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Just as Embassy Cat predicted yesterday, the proceedings opened with a statement from Assange who stated (please note that no official transcript has been released) that the Ecuadorian government “is being pressured by the United States to silence him” and that Ecuador’s intelligence agency, SENAIN, has been spying on him and sending that information back to the United States “to force him to desist from the asylum and surrender to the English authorities.”
According to @AnonScan, Assange also stated that he has “suffered espionage in the Embassy and that this information has been sent even to the FBI; Ecuadorian authorities have lied about the restrictions he is currently being held under i.e. restricted speech, strict protocol on visitors, no phone calls; and that he is living in 80% complete isolation.
Additionally, he believes that “There is a situation that will inevitably lead to a health crisis for me, resulting in my death or hospitalization or a political excuse to illegally hand me over to the British, and therefore to the United States, where I face a potential life sentence.” He compared his situation with that of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi only that the Ecuadorian government is carrying out his murder in a “more subtle manner.”
Ecuador’s Attorney General Inigo Salvador denied the allegation and believes that the (grueling) restrictions placed on him (with no legal basis to back them up and are, in fact, a violation of Ecuador’s Constitution, court rulings and UN findings) do not violate his human rights. That, of course, includes the latest protocol of forcing Assange to undergo medical examinations and blood tests that that maniac who’s leading Ecuador right now, Lenin Moreno, put in place in order for Assange to maintain his asylum–results of which Moreno will undoubtedly try to use one day to force Assange out of the embassy and to a hospital where he will be arrested and extradited.
In a radio interview last week, Moreno maintained that the United Kingdom guaranteed in writing that they will not extradite Assange to any country that supports the death penalty yet he and his administration have failed to turn over even one document stating as much. Salvador told the court yesterday that the U.K.’s assurances do exist but by 3:30 pm EST yesterday, @WQRadio_EC was reporting that Ecuador could not guarantee he wouldn’t be extradited to a third country because therein lies the twist.
If Ecuador and the UK were serious about protecting Assange, they would provide guarantees not only against the death penalty but also against prosecution for anything that journalists typically do such as publishing leaked information. https://t.co/JShr6BV4pn pic.twitter.com/LrzmffUVhN— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) December 9, 2018
President Moreno’s announcement was essentially a lie through omission in the hope of turning Assange over to the United States. And just today, the chancellor of Ecuador, Jose Valencia, stated that the “most convenient solution for…Julian Assange…is to leave the diplomatic legation and appear before the justice British.” That is, of course, without any assurances from the United Kingdom and the fact that this “justice British” he’s talking about is for an arrest warrant that stems from a Swedish investigation which was dropped last year. Important to note here too is that Sweden never charged Assange with any crime and the U.K. arrest warrant for an investigation that no longer exists was issued after he sought asylum.
How shiz like this still goes down in 2018 is beyond me.
According to @AnonScan, they have “reason to believe” that the court may rule in Assange’s favor. If not, his attorney Baltasar Garzon and Carlos Poveda “will present the case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.” So maybe some good news will come of this. In the meantime, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have (again) the U.S. Congress to contend with.
Two days ago, six U.S. Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo demanding to know about his November 26th visit with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia while pushing the January 2017 U.S. intelligence report that “assessed with high confidence” WikiLeaks had worked with the Russians to disrupt the 2016 U.S. elections.
That intelligence report that these six upstanding senators are referring to provided no evidence whatsoever that WikiLeaks worked with Russia and if you still believe what the MSM, your politicians, and any intelligence agency is telling you, stay home. Like, never leave. Especially to vote. The real kicker in the senators’ letter is that based on the Guardian’s recent and completely fabricated story, they questioned whether or not Paul Manafort had visited Assange at the embassy or had spoken with President Moreno.
Perhaps more terrifying than these elected officials believing the Guardian’s manufactured story is that they are now requesting that the U.S. be given a “complete, unedited log of Julian Assange’s visitors at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London” to be used in “all ongoing U.S. investigations,” because it seems that that is the really reason why the Guardian published Luke Harding and Fernando Villavicencio’s story–to help out their intelligence friends on the other side of the pond while simultaneously smearing Assange.
And in case you missed my last sentence, again, the U.S. government is asking for the complete set of visitor logs from a journalist and publisher. How do journalists at the Washington Post, New York Times, or any other journalist and publisher feel about that? What’s it going to take for Americans to wake up to this wholly unacceptable insanity? And I was being sarcastic about “upstanding.” To read more about Senator Robert Menendez and his cohorts’ corruption and ties to the U.S. Intelligence Community start here and here.
So yes, Embassy Cat is right. It might not be Friday the 13th, but Thursday the 13th hasn’t shaped up any better in terms of Assange’s situation. Let’s hope that changes sooner rather than later.
For more on Embassy Cat’s Julian Calendar go to “Embassy Cat’s ‘Julian Calendar.'”