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August 21, 2012
It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning.
George Galloway, Respect Member of Parliament for Bradford West • During a video blog expressing his support for Julian Assange following widespread anger over the Wikileaks founder’s decision to seek political asylum in Ecuador. Galloway’s comments have been widely condemned by fellow British politicians, including Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament Jo Swinson, who told reporters that she couldn’t believe an MP would “be so grossly irresponsible as to suggest that sex without consent is anything other than rape.” source (viafollow)
22:01 // 2 years ago
August 19, 2012
I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch hunt against Wikileaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation. The United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange • Speaking from a written statement in his first public appearance since entering the Ecuadorian embassy in London two months ago. Assange feels that his extradition to Sweden on sex crimes allegations is a preface to send him to the United States — an allegation Swedish officials deny. Ecuador recently granted Assange asylum, but it’s unlikely he will be able to leave the United Kingdom without facing arrest.
12:29 // 2 years ago
August 18, 2012
The problem is that they aren’t going to give safe passage. Julian Assange could stay indefinitely in our embassy.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa • Revealing that Julian Assange better get comfortable at his new home, the Ecuadorian embassy in London — because he’ll most likely be staying there for the time being. Correa granted Assange asylum earlier this week, but the UK government won’t let him leave the country — and in fact has made claims that they can simply remove Assange from the embassy, despite the fact that the embassy is technically on Ecuadorian land.
13:35 // 2 years ago
August 16, 2012


Excerpt from a documentary on the film “Collateral Murder,” aired by the television station Al Jazeera English in 2010.

Assange later told Frontline and CBS News after Pfc. Brad Manning was arrested that Wikileaks would have no way of identifying its source:

“Our technology means we don’t know who is submitting us materials,” Assange told Katie Couric in a segment aired by CBS News on December 18, 2010. “But the name Bradley Manning was first heard by us when we read an article about his arrest in Wired magazine.”

Assange also told the Frontline Club: “We don’t keep records of who our sources are, because it’s very difficult with modern communication spying to keep anything secret over the long term, extremely difficult when dealing with organizations that do not follow the rule of law like the NSA — so instead, our sort of modus operandi is when we receive material is to never know who it’s come from precisely.” -

Seems like today’s a good day to resurface this. 

11:08 // 2 years ago
9:41 // 2 years ago
You should be aware that there is a legal basis in the U.K. — the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act — which would allow us to take action to arrest Mr. Assange in the current premises of the embassy. We very much hope not to get this point, but if you cannot resolve the issue of Mr. Assange’s presence on your premises, this route is open to us.
The British Foreign Office • Noting that they have the legal right to storm the Ecuadorian embassy to arrest Wikileaks leader Julian Assange, but they don’t want it to reach that level. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa will announce his decision to offer asylum to Assange soon.
7:30 // 2 years ago
August 15, 2012

Report: Van with diplomatic plates leaves Ecuadorian embassy in London

Outside Assange: This looks to be a live feed from outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in which Julian Assange is currently holed up. Police have been coming in and out of the building in which the embassy is located, and a van described as having diplomatic plates just pulled away from the scene. This appears to be a legitimate live stream, courtesy of an friendly-sounding citizen journalist named alburyj, who counts himself a fan of Assange. source

19:17 // 2 years ago
If the measure announced in the British official communication is enacted, it will be interpreted by Ecuador as an unacceptable, unfriendly and hostile act and as an attempt against our sovereignty. It would force us to respond. We are not a British colony.
Ricardo Patino, Foreign Minister of Ecuador • In a televised statement, confirming reports that UK officials have threatened to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. A UK Foreign Office spokesman did not confirm or deny the allegations, instead choosing to reiterate the UK’s legal obligation to extradite Mr. Assange. “Throughout this process we have drawn the Ecuadorians’ attention to relevant provisions of our law… [including] the legal status of diplomatic premises in the UK,” said the spokesman, adding, “We are still committed to reaching a mutually acceptable solution.” source (viafollow)
18:36 // 2 years ago

New developments have emerged regarding the possiblity of Julian Assange receiving asylum from Ecuador. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available. source

Update: ABC Australia has issued a statement to clarify their initial report, regarding Julian Assange’s asylum, to say that Ecuador wants to extend the offer but can’t because Assange can’t be guaranteed safe passage.

17:28 // 2 years ago
August 14, 2012
In which Ecuador’s president denies an earlier report by The Guardian that he’s made a decision on offering asylum to Julian Assange. Rough translation of the tweet: "Assange asylum rumor is false. There is still no decision. I’m waiting for the Foreign Ministry’s report." More details over this way.

In which Ecuador’s president denies an earlier report by The Guardian that he’s made a decision on offering asylum to Julian Assange. Rough translation of the tweet: "Assange asylum rumor is false. There is still no decision. I’m waiting for the Foreign Ministry’s report." More details over this way.

20:30 // 2 years ago