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    Julian Assange arrested by British police at Ecuadorean embassy

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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday by British police and carried out of the Ecuadorean embassy, where he has been holed up for nearly seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation.

    A video posted online showed an agitated, frail-looking man with white hair and a white beard being carried out of the central London building by at least seven men.
    Assange took refuge in 2012 in Ecuador's London embassy, behind the luxury department store Harrods, to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.

    Sweden later dropped the investigation, but Assange was arrested on Thursday for breaking the rules of his original bail in London.

    He feared being extradited to face charges in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.

    Assange's relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about President Lenin Moreno's personal life. Moreno had previously said Assange has violated the terms of his asylum.

    Moreno said that he had asked Britain to guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty.
    To some, Assange is a hero for exposing what supporters cast as abuse of power by modern states and for championing free speech. But to others, he is a dangerous rebel who has undermined the security of the United States.

    Supporters of Assange had argued that living in the cramped conditions without access to sunlight had damaged his health.

    Sweden closed its preliminary investigation into a suspected rape in 2017 as there was "no reason to believe that the decision to hand him (Assange) over to Sweden could be implemented within a reasonable timeframe".

    But then Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny said at the time that the probe could be reopened should the situation change.

    "If he at a later time were to make himself available, I can decide to immediately resume the preliminary investigation," Ny, who has since retired, said in a 2017 statement.

    The statute of limitations for rape in Sweden is 10 years, unless it is deemed to be aggravated, in which case the ability to prosecute runs for longer.
    I'd forgotten about the rape charge. In fact, I'd pretty much forgotten about Julian Assange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    From Reuters.
    I'd forgotten about the rape charge. In fact, I'd pretty much forgotten about Julian Assange.
    Have to wonder about the rape charge. A way to silence him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    Have to wonder about the rape charge. A way to silence him?

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    The rape thing was always pretty iffy. More like his sex partner rethought her options the next day. It's over regardless of what may have happened.
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    Wonder why the Brits didn't do this a long time ago.

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    Things are moving quickly.

    US charges WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer hacking

    The Justice Department announced a criminal charge Thursday against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, accusing him of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to hack into a classified U.S. government computer.

    “The charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States,” the Justice Department said in a press release.

    The announcement followed an extradition request by the U.S. for Assange, 47, who on Thursday morning was arrested and removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has lived for nearly seven years. A British judge said Thursday that the U.S. must share its case justifying Assange’s extradition by June 12, multiple outlets reported.

    If convicted, Assange could face five years in prison, though his actual sentence would likely fall below the legal maximum.

    The indictment, filed under seal in the Eastern District of Virginia in March 2018, states that he and Manning worked together in 2010 to crack passwords on government computers and download reams of information with the intent of publishing them on WikiLeaks. Manning was jailed last month for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Assange’s document-sharing organization.

    The alleged conspiracy has no direct connection to the 2016 presidential election, where Assange’s whistleblowing organization became a main engine of controversy by publishing troves of Democratic National Committee officials’ internal emails. U.S. intelligence officials alleged in a January 2017 assessment of Russia’s election meddling that Kremlin military intelligence gained access to DNC networks and fed the hacked information to WikiLeaks.

    President Donald Trump had praised WikiLeaks repeatedly in the late stages of the election, in which he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    Manning, who held a top-secret security clearance, sent hundreds of thousands of U.S. military documents to WikiLeaks agents so that they could be publicly disclosed — and the website did publish the “vast majority” of those classified records between 2010 and 2011, the indictment alleges.

    Those documents allegedly included approximately 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, a quarter-million State Department cables and 400,000 Iraq War-related reports.

    In March 2010, Assange allegedly “agreed to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on United States Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network, a United States government network used for classified documents and communications.”

    Manning used a Linux operating system to access the password, which would help disguise her activities but was stored on a computer she did not have specific privileges to access, according to the court filing.

    Assange was allegedly aware that Manning was providing him information in violation of Army regulations.

    On March 8, 2010, before forging the agreement to crack the government password, Manning allegedly told Assange that “after this upload, that’s all I really have got left.”

    The indictment says Assange replied: “Curious eyes never run dry in my experience.”

    Assange had been holed up in the London-based embassy since 2012 in order to avoid an extradition to Sweden related to a sexual assault case. Two years earlier, Sweden had issued a warrant for Assange related to allegations of sexual assault and rape from two women. Those charges were dropped in 2017.

    But Assange had refused to leave the embassy for fear of being extradited to the U.S. — a situation that reportedly wore thin for Ecuadorian officials.

    Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno tweeted Thursday that his country had withdrawn Assange’s asylum status “after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”

    U.K. authorities had entered the London embassy and arrested Assange, who yelled “U.K. must resist” while being loaded into a police wagon. He appeared to be carrying a copy of Gore Vidal’s “History of the National Security State” at the time of his arrest.

    He was arrested for allegedly breaching U.K. bail conditions, and had been arrested again in a U.S. extradition warrant, according to Metropolitan Police. Multiple outlets reported Thursday that a British court found Assange guilty of jumping bail.

    Assange’s lawyer, Jen Robinson, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the DOJ’s announcement of the charge against her client. She had tweeted earlier Thursday that the U.S. warrant had been issued in December 2017.

    Full indictment and arrest video at above link
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    Manning "used Linux".

    It's an open source operating system. It's not like you need some James Bond level of M16 access to employ it.

    Learn to code.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Marva View Post
    Wonder why the Brits didn't do this a long time ago.
    The only thing I can think is that the Ecuadorians finally got tired enough of him to drop their protection (which they had to do in this case in order for him to be arrested inside of an embassy). I remember there was some rumblings that Ecuador was starting to get tired of him maybe a year or so ago. He probably would have been wise to try to find a way to seek asylum with some other country when that started happening, though I'm guessing most don't want anything to do with that hot potato.
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    This gives a bit of insight...seems like he wasn't a very good guest.

    Why Ecuador Finally Got Sick of Julian Assange and Ended His Refuge at the Embassy in London
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