Posts Tagged ‘Wikileaks’

Ecuador: Assange’s police guard removed

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Julian Assange: British police end round-the-clock guard at Ecuador embassy

British police say they will no longer stand guard outside London’s Ecuadorian embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took refuge in 2012.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said it had “withdrawn the physical presence of officers from outside the embassy” but would strengthen a “covert plan” to prevent his departure.

“The operation to arrest Julian Assange does however continue and should he leave the embassy the MPS will make every effort to arrest him,” it said.
. . .
Swedish prosecutors want to question Mr Assange about a rape claim, which carries a 10-year statute of limitations that expires in 2020.
. . .
The 44-year-old Australian also fears that if he leaves he could eventually face extradition to the United States and a trial over the leak of hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

Business Insider’s headline, later changed, referred to Assange’s embassy lodgings as a “>bolt-hole.

Assange comfy…at the Ecuadorian embassy

Monday, July 9th, 2012

For Assange, home comforts inside Ecuador embassy

Assange is living and working pretty much as normal inside a small office that also serves as his bedroom. Supporters say he could continue to reside in the embassy, close to the world famous Harrods store in upscale Knightsbridge, for months. Gavin MacFadyen, a supporter and director of the Center for Investigative Journalism at London’s City University, has visited Assange inside the building and says that while “it’s not quite the Hilton,” embassy staffers are “jolly” and getting along well with the activist. The embassy has about five or six rooms and previously was used as a single apartment. Assange has a bed, access to a phone and a connection to the Internet. He can also receive guests, though the space is cramped. The crowded embassy is in sharp contrast to Assange’s last permanent address — Ellingham Hall, a supporter’s elegant country house on vast grounds in eastern England.

Hey, he’s in Knightsbridge, rent-free, and can send out for take-out from Harrods. With that, who needs an “elegant country house on vast grounds”?

Jazz Shaw appraises the situation,

If Ecuador either liked us or feared us enough, we could probably jump in and help the Brits with this Assange extradition situation, but they seem to be neither. That’s not to say that the UK may not still pry Assange out, particularly if helping him doesn’t seem to provide any real benefit to Ecuador, but it looks like the US will be sitting this one out on the sidelines.

Jazz is an optimist: I fully expect the current administration to wait until the foil goes on the windows and then send the American ambassador to call on Julian.

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Diminishing differences between Kirchner and military dictator that invaded Falklands in 1982
Cristina Kirchner may be more Machiavelli than Clausewitz, but, like Galtieri, she’s using the Falklands to distract from the increasing domestic problems that are festering under her tenure

Politics and crime in Colombia
Double agent

FARC Smuggle Explosives into Cities via Ecuador Border: Police

WATCHDOGS: Solons worry Medicare billions going to Castro, Cuba

Medicare fraud worth billions may be steered to Cuba

“Subversive monstrosity”: 500 Cubans attend internet festival in Havana

The Cuba Fallacy

Hiding Cuba’s crimes behind gay rights lies

Cuban activist Bismark Mustelier sentenced to 2 years in prison

WikiLeaks Finds Its True Home In Banana Republic Ecuador

Julian Assange Might Want to Think Twice About Seeking Asylum in Ecuador
The Ecuadorian government has treated media organizations harshly, though its president seemed to show sympathy for Wikileaks during a recent, collegial TV interview with Assange.

WikiLeaks’s Assange, Ecuador’s Correa, and the Politics of Anti-Americanism

Otto Reich: US Should Not Sign New Trade Agreements with Ecuador

Self-determination in the South Atlantic

Violence in Honduras
The eye of the storm
Timid steps to tame the world’s most violent country

Organised crime in Jamaica
Dudus gets his due


And how did it go at the G20?

Mexico election diary
#YoSoy132 at a crossroads

Mexico ready to vote, watchful for fraud

Will the PRI Retake Mexico?
Mexican progress may depend on who comes in second in July’s presidential election.

Paternity suits, cancer, and now, impeachment, for the bishop-turned-president: Paraguay Senate says impeachment trial of president will start on Friday (slideshow).

Paraguay’s president vows to fight impeachment

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo vowed on Thursday to stand and fight rather than resign after his opponents launched an impeachment drive over a land eviction in which 17 people died last week.

Is it a coup in Paraguay?

Puerto Rico governor presses for bigger federal presence in Caribbean

Crews put boom around freighter grounded off Puerto Rico island, no signs of pollution

Puerto Rican Militant Accepts Plea Deal in Big 1983 U.S. Heist

Uruguay marijuana sales to be controlled by state
Uruguay is planning a radical approach to the legalisation of marijuana by proposing the sale of the drug be controlled by the state.
Well, that’s one way to make sure the politicians get rich. (h/t GoV)

Venezuela’s presidential election
Hugo’s last hurrah
In an election campaign like no other, Hugo Chávez must vanquish his own illness as well as an invigorated opposition

The week’s posts:
Whittle on Fast & Furious

Obama: Latinos in, utensils out!

Paraguay: Lugo impeached

Holder in contempt

Why executive privilege over Fast & Furious?

Assange wants asylum in Ecuador

Smart diplomacy: As global leaders gather in Mexico, Obama chews gum

The problem with Panama

At Hot Air: Paraguay: Lugo will be spending time with his families.

Assange wants asylum in Ecuador

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks founder seeks political asylum from Ecuador
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has walked into the Ecuadorian Embassy in London seeking political asylum after claiming he had been “abandoned”.

The 40 year-old Australian made the dramatic move after he lost a long-running legal bid to halt his extradition to Sweden, where he faces sex crime allegations.
In a letter sent to Ecuador’s government, Mr Assange said the Australian government had “effectively abandoned” him and was “ignoring the obligation to protect its citizen, who is persecuted politically”.
His move to claim asylum is the latest twist in a marathon legal battle played out in the glare of worldwide publicity.
On Tuesday night, he walked into the embassy, in London’s Knightsbridge district, and asked for asylum under the United Nations Human Rights Declaration.
Officials from the South American nation are considering his request. It comes after Ecuador offered Mr Assange residency in the country in November 2010.

Would not surprise me if he gets it.

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, February 21st, 2011

73% of Argentine journalists support controversial media law, survey finds

Alternative investments in Brazil
The buys from Brazil
This year’s hot market for private-equity firms and hedge-fund managers

The FARC’s farce

Colombia and the United States
Trade disunion
Santos’s China card

Costa Rica Loses Land and Seeks an Army

Sen. Rubio Questions “Risk” Of Increased Cuba Travel

No education is worth your freedom

Report: Cardinal Ortega tells Cuba prisoner of conscience Iván Hernández he’s about to be released (UPDATED)

“Comrade” Granma

It’s not time to remove Cuba from the terror list

Quick Cartoon: Cuba Change

Monster or victim?
A court in Ecuador controversially fines Chevron a whopping $9 billion

Sting “ringleader” re-enters Chevron-Ecuador case

Why is Honduras so poor?

Gobierno debe resolver problema de identificación

US immigration agent killed by gunmen in Mexico

Mexico’s Real War

Panistas laying the groundwork

In Cuba for medical treatment, Paraguayan president meets with Raúl and Fidel Castro

WikiLeaks: Toledo and Humala exploited border dispute to appeal Peru’s nationalist sentiments

Libya: Gadhafi Did Not Flee To Venezuela, at least for now. It would be a Burn After Reading situation, “Put him on a plane to Venezuela!”

Venezuela continues its plunge into Cuba-style tyranny

Revolutionary priorities

Criminals or dissidents?
A jailed judge pays the price for defying the president

The week’s posts and podcasts
At Real Clear World, The Hunger Strike in Venezuela


The first Monday in February Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Argentine Comments Show Rift With U.S.

Brazil To Make “Pursuit of Happiness” a Right

Brazil’s offshore oil
In deep waters
Extracting the black gold buried beneath the South Atlantic will be hard. Spending the profits wisely will be harder

Will Cuba Be the Next Egypt?
The most striking difference between the two countries is Internet access.

The Group of 10, Cuba Political Prisoners of the Week, 2/6/11

Cuba’s housing market
Swap shop
Where a beach-front house can be (almost) yours for a snip

Chevron Files Fraud and RICO Case Against Lawyers and Consultants Behind Ecuador Litigation

Chevron’s suit alleges that the named defendants, and certain non-party co-conspirators, have used the Ecuador lawsuit to threaten Chevron, mislead U.S. government officials, and harass and intimidate Chevron employees, all in order to extort a financial settlement from the company.

Sweet success for Micky

Honduras Wikileaks, January 29, and Egypt

México tuvo menos homicidios que varios países, incluyendo a Venezuela

“Superman” producer found after 4 days missing in Mexico

Something very positive may come from my battle with cancer

Aviones no tripulados cuidarán la frontera entre Brasil y Paraguay

Peru politics: Toledo leads the pack

28 Percent of Puerto Rican Teens Carry Guns To School


Venezuela politics: Not (yet) Egypt


Obama’s smart diplomacy: Betray the Brits

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain’s nuclear secrets
The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.

Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.

A series of classified messages sent to Washington by US negotiators show how information on Britain’s nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia’s support for the “New START” deal.

Although the treaty was not supposed to have any impact on Britain, the leaked cables show that Russia used the talks to demand more information about the UK’s Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in the US.

Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with detailed data about the performance of UK missiles. The UK refused, but the US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.

Let that sink in for a moment: The President of the United States is voluntarily handing out to Russia the serial numbers of every Trident missile from one of our allies.

How desperate was Barack Obama to sign a new START agreement with Russia?

Until now, we just thought his desperation went far enough to hamper our missile-defense system in eastern Europe.  According to Wikileaks, the Poles and the Czechs aren’t the only allies to feel the sting of an American betrayal

Jawa has a flashback,

The question remains, will the Senate ratify the new START?

Obama made the decision to give the Russians this information even after the British had explicity refused to consent to our doing so

I Give The Queen An iPod Filled With My Speeches


Wikileaks: the 10 tenets of Chavismo

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Erlingsson posts

  1. There Is Only One Great, Indispensable Leader
  2. Centralize Power
  3. Hype External and Internal “Enemies”
  4. Polarize
  5. Insist on Democratic Credentials
  6. Reward Loyalty Over Competence
  7. Repress Selectively
  8. Create Parallel Structures
  9. Party Equals State
  10. Monopolize Nationalism

Go read every word here.


Assange goes courting

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

A geeky 33-year old, a 19-year old girl, and emails: the stuff modern romance is made of – unless of course one of the two is a real weirdo that writes stuff like this,

“I’m not concerned with your messy reality”?

Flopping Aces has more, lots more.


Sicko banned in Cuba for portraying Cuban medical apartheid

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Ah, the irony: Right after Michael Moore goes and pays for Assange’s bail, Wikileaks goes out and bites him in the butt,
WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system
Authorities feared footage of gleaming hospital in Michael Moore’s Oscar-nominated film would provoke a popular backlash
(emphasis added)

Cuba banned Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a “mythically” favourable picture of Cuba’s healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a “popular backlash”, according to US diplomats in Havana.

The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks , is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system.

But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so “disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room”.

Castro’s government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it “knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.”

Facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them – which, by the way, it’s a point I’ve been making for nearly half a decade.

This is what ordinary Cubans get in a hospital, where you even need to bring your own sutures thread if you need surgery. Only foreigners and Cuba’s elite paying in US$ get to be treated at the best facilities, which aren’t all that great:

The memo points out that even the Cuban ruling elite leave Cuba when they need medical care. Fidel Castro, for example, brought in a Spanish doctor during his health crisis in 2006. The vice-minister of health, Abelardo Ramirez, went to France for gastric cancer surgery. The neurosurgeon whoheads CIMEQ [Centro de Investigaciones Médico-Quirúrgicas] hospital – widely regarded as one of the best in Cuba – came to England for eye surgery, returning periodically for checkups.

I must point out that Fidel Castro not only bright in a Spanish oncologist/gastroenterologist, the doctor had to bring his entire medical team and all the operating room equipment.

Moore’s response?

insists that “Sicko” was not banned in Cuba, and links to reports in the Cuban media that it was broadcast on Cuban TV.

In full and unedited, at that?

Via Hit & Run, you can read the memo here.