Julian Assange’s Communications Not Yet Restored, Will Have Severe Restrictions on His Speech and Writing
Despite numerous reports claiming that the communications of Julian Assange have been restored, they are not yet — and there will be a severe regime of penalties and sanctions on his speech and writing when they are.
The team at WikiLeaks was informed on Friday that his communications would be restored on Monday, October 15, but so far there has not been any change. New developments on the issue are expected shortly.
Reuters had reported on Sunday that his communications had been partially restored, but they have not, according to a source close to the publisher.
When they are restored, his freedom of speech will be trampled. A source told the Gateway Pundit that there is a new ominous sounding protocol including a 10-page regime of penalties and sanctions of restrictions on what he will be able to discuss or report.
The impetus behind the pending de-isolation was the meeting between two senior United Nations officials and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno on Friday.
Moreno has not been as keen on protecting the publisher as his predecessor was. He has referred to Assange as an “inherited problem” and has been seemingly eager to work out a deal to hand the publisher to the United States.
On March 28, Ecuador caved to pressure from the United States and Spanish governments to isolate Assange by revoking his right to have visitors, make phone calls or use the internet.
The WikiLeaks founder entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19, 2012.
By October of 2015, the cost of the UK’s detention had reached $17.6 million dollars. The outrage over the spending lead to the budget being classified, but it is estimated that the government has now spent well over $25 million.
The UK has long refused to acknowledge the findings of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD), which found that Assange is being arbitrarily and unlawfully detained and must be immediately released and compensated. They have also denied him safe passage to a hospital after doctors who examined him called for him to be allowed to go and be treated for his deteriorating health.
UPDATE: The protocols Assange will be forced to follow were leaked moments after this report was published.