The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting U.S. news organizations and journalists, according to U.S. officials.
So things are looking up for the guy in the Ecuadoran Embassy.
Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow…Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government.Wikileaks-allied businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson, on efforts to obtain political asylum for Edward Snowden. Apparently, Julian Assange and Sigurvinsson have contracted a plane to take Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. An Icelandic official confirmed that the country has had “informal talks” with a Snowden intermediary about the possibility of his asylum, but it’s uncertain if it will actually grant it to him. While the country has a reputation for housing whistleblowers and journalists, some suspect that the newly-formed conservative coalition in the government may not feel as bound by this tradition as its predecessors. source
We are in touch with [Edward] Snowden frequently, and we are involved in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland.Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, in a press conference earlier this week. Perhaps Assange—who’s still holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy after more than a year—will be able to work out a comfier arrangement for Snowden than he has for himself. source
It must have come as a surprise to the Egyptian teenagers who washed American teargas out of their eyes (during the Arab Spring) to hear that the U.S. supported change in the Middle East. It’s time for President Obama to keep his word … and for the U.S. to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks.Julian Assange • In a video feed, aired at the United Nations on Wednesday, mocking Obama’s UN speech, which encouraged free speech in the Middle East. His point? Wikileaks certainly didn’t get a free-speech pass from the U.S. government; in fact, he says Obama has “done more to criminalize free speech than any other U.S. president.” Ouch.
I think the situation will be solved through diplomacy … The Swedish government could drop the case. I think this is the most likely scenario. Maybe after a thorough investigation of what happened they could drop the case.Wikileaks founder Julian Assange • Speaking about his situation in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he’s been granted asylum but effectively can’t leave. He thinks that it’ll eventually work itself out, but he’ll probably be stuck in the embassy for as long as six months to a year.
I don’t want to judge allegations that have not been proven and would not, in any case, be considered a felony in Latin American, too. It has never been the intention of the Ecuadorean government for Julian Assange not to respond to those allegations.Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa • Agreeing with many critics of Ecuador, following the country’s decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange, that the Wikileaks founder should face the allegations of rape which have been leveled against him. While Correa agrees that Assange should not flee from authorities, he also restated his belief that Ecuador’s diplomatic sovereignty should continue to be respected the United Kingdom and other countries. Some inside of Ecuador have accused Correa of grandstanding, by offering asylum to a known whistleblower in an effort to deflect criticism he faces for closing several radio and television networks across Ecuador, ahead of presidential elections this fall. source (via • follow)