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Another Take on Assange's Expulsion from Ecuador's Embassy (Statement by the President of Ecuador Lenin Moreno)

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As Rob Kall, publisher of OpEdNews, put it:

In an act of infamy that will forever blight the nations of Ecuador's, Britain's and the USA's names, Julian Assange's asylum status was revoked and police were allowed to enter to arrest him based on a US extradition warrant.

I have profound personal empathy and sympathy for Julian Assange. I don't know quite what to make of the totality of all of this, I am sorry to say. I have tried to read as much as I can, and even listened to what James Clapper had to say on CNN.

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Video on Clapper is in the first comment on this article.

It seems we have passed over into the next difficult series of responses in an untenable situation which couldn't go on forever; whether his prosecution is right or wrong will be what the courts determine. A long shot that he could ever be vindicated judicially, but I hope he can get a fair trial and that he can prevail. I did run across this statement by the President of Ecuador which is quite illuminating.

I've never been good at puzzles, and this is a very difficult and very large puzzle.

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How much the US had to do with rescinding his sanctuary in London is not clear to me, particularly based on what the President of Ecuador says here. What he says about the UK agreeing not to send him to a nation where he could be tortured or put to death is most interesting.

"Today I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr. Julian Assange; the hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organization against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable."

He said Assange had provoked the decision and that Ecuador's patience had "reached its limit," adding that Assange had repeatedly broken the embassy's house rules by installing electronic and distortion equipment and blocking security cameras.

Moreno also confirmed that he had sought legal guidance that Ecuador's position was lawful and "in line with our strong commitment to human rights."

Russia weighs in on Assange's arrest

From CNN's Nathan Hodge and Mary Ilyushina in Moscow

In a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked if Russia would give him asylum. Here's his response:

Russia weighs in on Assange's arrest

From CNN's Nathan Hodge and Mary Ilyushina in Moscow

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In a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked if Russia would give him asylum. Here's his response: "He was arrested in London, so for now I cannot say anything. We certainly hope all of his rights will be respected."

The British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said this:

Nearly 7 yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @ metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law

Who knows what kind of back door or behind the scenes manipulation and pressures went on to get this result today? Doesn't seem to me like the US has at the moment anything resembling a functioning State Department, so I can't imagine how such could have been in play, given the state of disarray in what remains of the State Department. However, even a dysfunctional partial US Department of State could still have exerted enormous pressure on the Ecuadorian government, in many of the way they don't want you to even try to imagine.

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Clapper's response is most interesting, but doesn't clarify much at all.



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The Charges Against Julian Assange:


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From beginning to end almost all has been hidden. I think that Assange and WikiLeaks were attacked because they were going to release the hard drive of a CEO of a TBTF bank in early 2011. It never happened and when publicly questioned, Assange said he was not at liberty to discuss it and you can imagine why.

He was safely sequestered in the Ecuadorian embassy for 7 years, precisely the term of statute of limitations for financial fraud in the US. Such coincidences rarely happen by accident.

Correa, the former president of Ecuador has strong ties with the Banksters and now lives in Brussels where he is warmly received in their midst.

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Very interesting comment. Alexander, I encourage you to look into that more and to then write an article about that connection. You may be on to the key component that has yet to be explored. I did find this:



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I have lived in Ecuador since August 2014. I chose Ecuador partly because of their stated policies. It took me a while after I arrived to understand that Correa is not a socialist and in fact was playing a neoliberal game and was profiting personally by setting up his country ala Greece and Argentina to be sold to Wall Street. Moreno has continued those policies and the two have been playing the Bad cop good cop scenario to distract from their corrupt game.

Correa through his father, a drug cartel exec with ties to big banks has ties to the international banksters. So when Assange let it be known that he had the hard drive of a CEO of a TBTF bank, it was obvious he had to be taken out, but they knew that the poison pill would remain. Correa provided asylum so that Assange could not be randomly assassinated and at the same time he would not be prosecuted in a public trial. Now that the statute of limitations has expired for whatever crimes would be revealed on the hard drive it was safe for Moreno/Correa to expell Assange. We will see what happens now. On the full interview linked it is easy to see that Assange is visibly disturbed and circumspect in his response to the question of the hard drive. Nothing else flustered him so much.

I will see what hard evidence or strong circumstantial circumstantial evidence I can find before I attempt a fuller exposition of my hypothesis. I am semi-literate at best on the internet. Thank you for seeing the potential of this line of thought. I have long sensed that if something seemed illogical it probably was.

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This comment above by you alone could be 1/3 to 1/2 of an article. You are almost there, with the quick research, you could have it out tomorrow. The fact that you lived there adds enormous credibility in my view, thus separating you from the ranks and denizens of fierce armchair pundits. Somehow I am at this time reminded of Bob Dylan's line: "She knows too much to argue or to judge...."

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