Despite the success of the DNC email dump, it has been a rough week for Julian Assange. The United States has formally requested his extradition, Swedish authorities will be allowed to question him for rape, and members of the Clinton campaign are openly asking for his assassination. Turns out being directly involved with international espionage and black market cyber attacks might land you in some hot water – who knew?
On August 9th, an Ecuadorian ambassador urged officials with the country to end the long standing asylum of Julian Assange. The ambassador in question, José Ayala Lasso, a three-time foreign minister and the first UN Human Rights Commissioner, insisted to El Comerico – a local publishing agency – that Assange was deliberately “influencing political activities with technical support from Russia” and the act of sheltering him from international authorities damages the image/reputation of South America. Lasso says the sheltering Assange is “a ticking time bomb” for the country.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 8, 2016
The day after this, on August 10th, a Clinton campaign strategist, Bob Beckel literally called for the assassination of Julian Assange, on live television. Speaking in outrage of the DNC leak published by WikiLeaks, which cost several Democrat leaders in the DNC their jobs, Beckel said “I mean, a dead man can’t leak stuff, the guy’s a traitor, a treasonist, and … and he has broken every law in the United States. The guy ought to be — and I’m not for the death penalty — so, if I’m not for the death penalty, there’s only one way to do it, illegally shoot the son of a bitch.” It is odd, the main stream media was all over Donald Trump this week for sarcastically joking that Second Amendment rights activists should assassinate Hillary Clinton, but almost no one reported about members of Clinton’s campaign literally calling for an assassination. I wonder why that is?
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 10, 2016
The day after this, on August 11th, Ecuadorian officials announced they would allow Swedish authorities to question Assange within the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy. In case you don’t remember, Assange first sought asylum in Ecuador in 2010, after he was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, including rape, in the country of Sweden.
Although Assange has been willing to work with Swedish authorities and has claimed no wrongdoing, he has refused to travel to Sweden, fearing that he would be extradited to the United States for leaking secret documents. Despite repeated requests to hand Assange over, Ecuador has refused to turn him in, but for whatever they have had a change of policy.
Last week, in an interview with the Associated Press, Swedish Prosecution Authority spokeswoman Karin Rosander said she has formally received word from the Ecuadorian government that they were prepared to cooperate, and will set a day for Sweden to question Assange within the next few weeks.
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