URGENT BREAKING: Ecuador Caves to US Government — Hands Over Julian Assange to UK Authorities INSIDE THE EMBASSY
The Ecuadorian government who has protected 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and award-winning publisher Julian Assange has caved to pressure from the U.S. government and allowed him to be arrested by the UK government inside the embassy.
A lawyer for Assange told the Gateway Pundit that the arrest was really quick.
The Ecuadorian ambassador invited the British police inside. Assange did not walk out of the embassy.
— Barnaby Nerberka (@barnabynerberka) April 11, 2019
Julian Assange did not "walk out of the embassy". The Ecuadorian ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019
URGENT: Ecuador has illigally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago.https://t.co/6Ukjh2rMKD
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019
Assange has been living in the embassy since 2012 when when he was granted asylum. On Thursday evening, WikiLeaks had tweeted that a “high-level” source within the Ecuadorian state has informed the publisher that he will be expelled “within hours to days” over the INA papers offshore scandal as an excuse.
“A high-level source within the Ecuadorian state has told WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within ‘hours to days’ using the INA papers offshore scandal as a pretext and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.”
On March 26, the official WikiLeaks Twitter account posted about it and stated that Moreno is attempting to hand over Assange in exchange for US debt relief, a fact which was reported by The New York Times.
The Ecuadorian government used fake evidence that WikiLeaks’ was involved in the release of the INA Papers leak. In reality, the WikiLeaks Twitter account had only announced that their President Lenin Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador’s Congress for corruption.
On April 1, Ecuador submitted a request to the United Nations Rapporteur on Privacy to take urgent measures in response to the INApapers publication, listing WikiLeaks as the responsible party. This is a lie.
“The INA Papers are a set of documents published in February 2019, allegedly uncovering the operations of INA Investment Corp, an offshore tax haven created by the brother of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. The trove of emails, phone communications and expense receipts are said to link the president and his family to a series of corrupt and criminal dealings, including money laundering and offshore accounts. The leak has sparked a congressional investigation into President Moreno for corruption. Moreno can’t be summoned for a criminal probe while he remains president. He is currently being investigated and risks impeachment,” WikiLeaks website explains.
Corruption investigation opened against Ecuador's president Moreno, after purported leaked contents of his iPhone (Whatsapp, Telegram) & Gmail were published. New York Times reported that Moreno tried to sell Assange to US for debt relief. https://t.co/0KFcBrnUfr
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 25, 2019
On April 2, the President claimed that Assange “violated the ‘conditions’ of his asylum” and that he will “take a decision” “in the short term.” He said, “In WikiLeaks there is proof of espionage, of hacking, of the fact that phones have been intercepted and private conversations, there are even pictures of my bedroom.”
Assange’s Ecuadorian lawyer, Carlos Poveda, responded by saying, “Remember that WikiLeaks has an internal organization and Mr. Assange is no longer in the editor. We will now resort to other types of situations, especially the Inter-American Commission.”
Last Monday, this journalist visited Assange in the embassy and was locked in a room as an argument ensued between the publisher and Ecuador’s Ambassador Jaime Alberto Marchán.
Assange accused the ambassador of being an “agent of the US government” and colluding with the US government to help persecute him.
At one point, Marchán even told Assange that he wanted him to shut up.
“I know you want me to shut up — the Ecuadorian president has already gagged me,” Assange fired back. “I am banned from producing journalism.”