WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London after Ecuador withdrew his political asylum citing alleged "repeated violations." WikiLeaks has slammed Ecuador's move as a violation of international law, while President Lenin Moreno claimed the UK had agreed not to extradite Assange to a country where he may face death penalty.
Argentinian journalist Santiago O'Donnell has met with Julian Assange on several occasions and published stories regarding WikiLeaks' cables on Argentina. He's the author of the books "ArgenLeaks" and "PolitiLeaks" about the revelations. He told Sputnik that despite his frail mental and physical state, Assange will put up a fight.
CARACAS (Sputnik) - Ecuadorean Ombudswoman Gina Benavides on Sunday condemned the decision by her country's authorities to revoke the citizenship of founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website Julian Assange and withdraw his political asylum.
On Sunday, Julian Assange's father said that his son should be extradited back to his home country - Australia. John Shipton also said that he was shocked to see Assange's condition after his arrest in London and called on the prime minister to help out.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has denied speculations that it released "insurance" files as a way of putting pressure on those holding its founder, Julian Assange.
After his 11 April arrest, Julian Assange was charged with jumping bail in Westminster Magistrate’s Court, which is feared will pave the way for his subsequent extradition to the US, where he is wanted on conspiracy charges. The US authorities had earlier charged him with assisting US Army intel analyst Chelsea Manning in diplomatic data leaks.
After his recent arrest, the WikiLeaks founder, who became famous for publishing classified US government data, now faces the threat of extradition to the United States on charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and could get up to five years in jail.
Swedish media previously stated that the country's prosecution is considering resuming a probe against Assange, meaning that Stockholm may request the extradition of the whistleblower, who was stripped of asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and arrested earlier this week.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s father has called on Australian authorities to step in following his son’s arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London earlier this week.
On 11 April WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian embassy, following the revocation of his right for diplomatic asylum previously made by Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno. At the time of the arrest, the whistleblower’s cat was not in the embassy.
As Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on 11 April, the South American country's president, Lenin Moreno, explained his decision to revoke the diplomatic asylum granted to the WikiLeaks founder by his predecessor, accusing him of "repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols".
The lawmakers say Assange must be extradited to Sweden should Stockholm choose to request it.
LONDON (Sputnik) – A press secretary of the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom characterized on Friday media reports about alleged links between founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website Julian Assange and Russia as insinuations.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - If the Trump administration achieves its goal of prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in US court, the decision and later appeals could actually destroy main parts of the 1917 Espionage Act, intelligence analysts told Sputnik.
When Julian Assange learned of his imminent arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Thursday, he wasn’t even allowed to go back to his room, because authorities feared he would hit a reported “panic button” with potentially disastrous effects, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said.
The Ecuadorean Embassy in London is getting back to normal after seven years with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as their "guest". Assange was arrested by police on 11 April after the Ecuadoreans withdrew their offer of sanctuary. Sputnik looks at other cases where embassies made the news.
It's perhaps unsurprising Assange is a fan of Vidal, who once said "the people have no voice because they have no information".
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ecuador should not have accepted UK guarantees on extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, as they are insufficient, former Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Guillaume Long told Sputnik.
Abbot said that the then-home secretary Theresa May had "blocked his extradition on what she said were human rights grounds," adding that "there may be human rights grounds in relation to Assange."
The WikiLeaks founder is allegedly being held at HM Prison Belmarsh after having been removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and arrested earlier on Thursday. The same day, Assange was found guilty of breaching his bail at Westminster Magistrates Court and is now facing up to 12 months in jail.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - "Big European democracies" need to ensure the protection of whistleblowers at the moment and in the future, French Culture Minister Franck Riester told Franceinfo broadcaster on Friday, regarding the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London.
The statement comes a day after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been residing since 2012 as a political asylee. His arrest was made at the request of the US after Julian Assange's asylum was revoked earlier this week.