Assange Wikileaks Ecuadorian Citizenship Watch

There have been several stories saying Assange has gotten an Ecuador ID card. Now France24 has a “crawler” saying he has citizenship. The announcer saying the Ecudorian government confirmed his citizenship as of December. Looking for confirmation yields things like this one:

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/11/548537/Assange-Ecuador-citizenship-UK-embassy

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who has been confined to the premises of Ecuador’s Embassy in the UK for five and a half years, may have acquired citizenship from the Andean country as his name has reportedly appeared on an Ecuadorean government database of national identification numbers.

Assange, now 46, took refuge in Ecuador’s Embassy in the British capital of London in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors had earlier issued a European arrest warrant against him on rape and sexual assault charges filed by two women back in 2010. He feared that Swedish authorities really aimed to extradite him to the US, where he is wanted for publishing classified US documents on Wikileaks.

Although Swedish prosecutors in May dropped the rape charges against Assange, British police, who have permanent presence outside the embassy, said Assange would still be taken into custody if he left the perimeters.

On Thursday, Reuters reported that an entry had appeared for “Julian Paul Assange” in Ecuador’s Civil Registry, which only includes the names of Ecuadorean citizens. The news agency said a spokeswoman for the registry had refused to comment when asked whether Assange had been granted citizenship.

Assange tweeted a photo of himself wearing the jersey of Ecuador’s national soccer team on Wednesday, when the Ecuadorean media also published reports of the news, further fueling speculation that he had received citizenship from the South American country.

Neither Assange nor his attorneys have commented on the reports so far.

On Wednesday, Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry had said in a statement that it was trying to resolve Assange’s situation, without commenting on his possible acquisition of citizenship.

Assange has denied the rape and sexual assault accusations and says the allegations are politically-motivated and are part of an attempt to ultimately have him extradited to the United States, where he could be charged over WikiLeaks’ release of 500,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, considered to be one of the largest information leaks in US history.

He has not been able to leave the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 and faces potential psychological health risks because of the long confinement.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa said on Tuesday that her country was seeking a “third country or a personality” to mediate a settlement with Britain and resolve the “unsustainable” situation.

Speculation is running that once a citizen, Assange will be named a diplomat and thus protected from the vindictive machinations of the UK and can leave the country.

Remember that the original charges from Sweden have been dropped, so all that the UK has is the fact he bugged out to the Embassy when he realized he was being set up. So now his “crime” is to have avoided a railroad to the setup.

So now we get to watch the show unfold.

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16 Responses to Assange Wikileaks Ecuadorian Citizenship Watch

  1. philjourdan says:

    Show is right. It plays out better than Peyton place.

  2. D. J. Hawkins says:

    Does the US have an extradition treaty with Ecuador? He had promised to surrender if Chelsea Manning got clemency. Manning got clemency and Assange got cold feet.

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    As I recall the issue is that the UK says they will still detain him if he leaves the embassy.

  4. Another Ian says:

    “JULIAN Assange’s poor personal hygiene has reportedly contributed to Ecuador’s recent bid to end his more than five year stay at its London embassy.”

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/uk-denies-diplomatic-status-for-julian-assange-after-request-by-ecuador/news-story/561e7c089519b8294ff6fd3bf63a2a90

  5. Graeme No.3 says:

    Larry Ledwick:
    They could get him for Contempt of Court as he failed to turn up when directed.
    IMHO the UK Government would be well advised to give him Ecuadorian diplomatic status for 24 hours on condition he leaves the UK. Think of the advantages…
    They get rid of a tiresome nuisance.
    They gain policemen for other duties.
    They gain the gratitude of the Ecuadorians living and working in the London Embassy.
    They force the Lovies to go to Ecuador to applaud Julian.
    And Julian would be in Ecuador, which being nearer the Equator is warmer and just as humid as London, so popular support for him will wain rapidly.
    And if the USA does actually want him, which I doubt, they will have easy access, so Julian will be perpetually nervous (and sweat a bit more).

    The only problem is how to avoid him coming back to Australia. We have enough unsavoury narcistic fools in the public eye already.

  6. Larry Ledwick says:

    There have been comments that he now has Ecuadorian citizenship. If so the UK could simply do an expedited deportation to Equador. Pick him up take him to the airport and put him on a plane.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @D.J.:

    No extradition with Ecuador.

    @Larry:

    I thought the UK has said they would grab him, but that is NOT in the context of diplomatic immunity. If granted diplomat status by Ecuador, it would be a MAJOR protocol breach to grab him as then the tit-for-tat of Diplomacy would require Ecuador to impound a few UK diplomats…

    Yet the article referenced by Another Ian says:

    “Earlier this week, the British foreign ministry confirmed it had rejected a recent request from Ecuador to grant Mr Assange diplomatic status.”

    I thought “who was a diplomat” was entirely up to the country appointing the diplomats. Can any country just decide any diplomat from another country is not a diplomat and is subject to whatever legal proceeding it desires?

    @Graeme No3:

    I agree it would be good all around to get him to Ecuador, but for some reason the UK seems hell bent on doing some kind of show trial and taking him out of action (or handing him over to the USA for the same thing).

    I’m fairly sure that WikiLeaks will continue to exist and work without him, so the only thing I can see they gain is “pay back” for airing their dirt.

    Originally I had concerns about WikiLeaks but frankly, they stuff they have “leaked” has IMHO been generally an improvement to personal liberty and privacy. Mostly demonstrating the abuses of power by governments.

    IMHO, the UK has a 3 way choice:

    1) Refuse to recognize diplomatic status and Ecuador keeps him in the embassy as now. That’s an embarrassment for the UK in the long run, and costly, IMHO.

    2) Refuse to recognize diplomatic status and Ecuador tries to go the airport. He gets arrested by the UK. That’s an embarrassment for the UK AND gets massive protests and attention from all over the world AND gets at least one of the UK “Diplomats” (probably a spy at some embassy) tossed in a prison and then the inevitable “prisoner exchange” somewhere along the line.

    3 Let him slip out to the airport and everyone is happy, except a few folks in the TLAs in the USA and UK who want to pillory him for sharing their dirt. BUT, they can pick him up later or arrange an “accident” once his status has changed back to just citizen and he’s sitting at a bar in Quito…

    Of those three, #3 looks best to me. Clearly I’m missing something in how the UK sees all this. I just don’t see their upside for #1 or #2. How do they gain from the cost of running the Ecuadorian Embassy Show? It just makes him the Grand Victim and glorifies him as Champion Of Liberties.

    Someone has a big burr up their butt about him, and I’m just not aware of who and why. Are they really THAT pissed at him personally? Grabbing him won’t stop leakers and won’t stop WIkiLeaks. Do they think they can extort / torture his old sources out of him? What good would that do now? That set of leaks is old news now. Besides, if they were at all careful, nobody at WikiLeaks would know the details of who leaked (to protect both sides of the exchange). It ought to have been via a dead drop of some kind (physical or electronic).

    I’m just not cut out for that part of the cloak and dagger world. Just don’t see the upside to the Stupid TLA Tricks part of it.

  8. Power Grab says:

    So, if there were One World Government, would this sort of thing stop happening? Would the folks with the biggest sticks just go round up the folks they don’t like, no matter where they were?

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Yup. Just look at the Roman Empire as your guide. Might makes right, and when only one government has all the “might”, it can do whatever it wants and by definition it is “right” …(in their eyes at least).

    Similarly inside the Chinese “Empire”. They are THE only authority, so do whatever and round up whoever they want.

  10. David A says:

    Assange tweets a Chess Board
    https://www.rt.com/news/415802-assange-cryptic-chess-tweet/

    So is this personal saying checkmate is coming to the Black hats against him, or is it more global and referring to Trumps moves against the deep state?

  11. Zeke says:

    read Deep State

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    @Zeke:

    That image is sooo great!

  13. Zeke says:

    Chief, I have my differences with the man, but we all owe Assange a debt of gratitude for Vault 7.

    Q anon says that 7/10 air plane crashes have not been accidents. The deep state has back doors into all devices and transportation.

    The history column you wrote was a great read. Ty.

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    @Zeke:

    There’s a reason I drive cars without computers in them and without “connectivity”…

    Heck, You’ve seen my postings on how hard it is to make a secure home platform for just reading web pages. Pretty much roll your own on specific sets of 32 bit ARM chips with particular OS versions.

    I trust Amazon and Android nearly zero and Microsoft less than zero. Apple is better, but post Jobs has started to show weakness toward government influence. Intel is now a battle ground. China has gone to home grown Kylin OS (and likely home grown chips for domestic government use though they put Intel and Arm in export stuff – but that’s speculative on my part).

    NONE of that ought to be necessary.

    Glad you like my wanders though history. Every so often I get this bug to try and push back the far horizon of understanding, even though there’s few clues in the muck…

  15. Zeke says:

    I totally, totally appreciate the hours that went into that!

    Minoans are very interesting. I see massive electrical thunderbolt destruction, and connection with the Philistines. But viva la difference! Cheers..

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