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Julian Assange arrested

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    Assange was arrested in London; I see this as an important milestone. If he gets extradited to the US, then I guess he'll have to cough up the whole Hillary e-mail issue and all his contacts in the US who helped to undermine the election. Of course Roger Stone will not be too happy about all of this.

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    It will take a while before we see him in the USA if he fights extradition. Also, the Swedes have a claim on him for alleged rape charges. But if a deal has been worked out in advance to extradite to the USA, then he'll have to face charges on leaking the Clinton hacked e-mails. If he doesn't cooperate in exchange for reduced prison time, then he may not be of much use to the Trump Russian collusion investigation.
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    Schmidt Wrote: It will take a while before we see him in the USA if he fights extradition. Also, the Swedes have a claim on him for alleged rape charges. But if a deal has been worked out in advance to extradite to the USA, then he'll have to face charges on leaking the Clinton hacked e-mails. If he doesn't cooperate in exchange for reduced prison time, then he may not be of much use to the Trump Russian collusion investigation.
    According to the "news" the Swedes did drop these charges. Also since the US was involved in his arrest and was an refugee in the Equadorian Embassy; it will be difficult for him to fight the extradition. But you never know; money "talks"
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    I applaud Ecuador for finally revoking Assange's political asylum status due to "repeated violations to international conventions and daily life." Ironically, those are the same crimes that Trump is guilty of, but it will likely take a long time before he faces any penalties for his crimes.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-julian-assange-arrested-20190411-story.html

    If you read the Wikipedia article about Ecuador, you'll discover that there is a lot to like about this country. Here's a sample:

    The sovereign state of Ecuador is a middle-income representative democratic republic with a developing economy that is highly dependent on commodities, namely petroleum and agricultural products. It is governed as a democratic presidential republic. One of 18 megadiverse countries in the world, Ecuador hosts any endemic plants and animals, such as those of the Galápagos Islands. In recognition of its unique ecological heritage, the new constitution of 2008 is the first in the world to recognize legally enforceable Rights of Nature, or ecosystem rights. It also has the fifth lowest homicide rate in the Americas

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador

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    The official charge that U.S. officials would likely use against Assange is "computer hacking conspiracy".

    The US indictment alleges that in March 2010, Assange engaged "in a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning" to assist Manning in "cracking a password" stored at the US Department of Defense computers connected with a US government network used for classified documents and communications.

    Manning served seven years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.

    According to court documents, unsealed on Thursday, 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 US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement.

    According to the Department of Justice, Assange could face up to 5 years in prison, and it is entirely possible that the Department of Justice could bring additional charges.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/charges-wikileaks-assange-computer-hacking-conspiracy-190411131850922.html

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    Trump, of course, thinks that Wikileaks is doing a great job:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnEoVzLKNPw

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    Assange could face up to 5 years in prison

    Unless he turns over Clinton emails, then he'll get a slap on the wrist by Trump, or, a pardon.

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    The Nation published a thoughtful article yesterday detailing why we should all be concerned about Assange's arrest:

    https://www.thenation.com/article/julian-assange-arrest-free-press/

    The indictment focuses on one brief period in March 2010. According to the indictment, Manning, who had already leaked the vast Defense Department databases exposing an assortment of US abuses—what WikiLeaks called the Iraq War Logs—was trying to hack into a particular database without her own credentials. The indictment, citing decrypted chats, says Assange “agreed to assist Manning in cracking a password.”

    All of us were lied to about the reasons we went to war in Iraq, since there actually were no "weapons of mass destruction". Obviously, Saddam Hussein was very bad guy, but the cost to our country, both in terms of dollars and lives, was too high a price to pay to get him removed. Let's also not forget the fact the Dick Cheney's former company, Haliburton, made a $39 billion profit from the war.

    Here is another key phrase from the article:

    But this indictment raises far more consequential questions, especially coming from an administration already committed to attacking press freedom on multiple fronts. In that context, this is a politically motivated prosecution.

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    Julian Assange is getting some support from journalists partly because the Obama administration declined to charge him based on the same (slim) evidence. Apparently he is being charged more on a technicality than substance. The bottom line is journalists often publish stolen information, which is legal. What is not legal is helping an informant steal information (nor buying it). Journalists don't want to be charged with being a co-conspirator just because they get their information from someone who breaks the law. Trump's administration wants to establish a criminal link between a whistle blower who breaks the law and any journalist who is doing investigating reporting.


    According to Trump, if he does not approve of what is being reported, its 100% fake news.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    I applaud Ecuador for finally revoking Assange's political asylum status due to "repeated violations to international conventions and daily life." Ironically, those are the same crimes that Trump is guilty of, but it will likely take a long time before he faces any penalties for his crimes.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-julian-assange-arrested-20190411-story.html

    If you read the Wikipedia article about Ecuador, you'll discover that there is a lot to like about this country. Here's a sample:

    The sovereign state of Ecuador is a middle-income representative democratic republic with a developing economy that is highly dependent on commodities, namely petroleum and agricultural products. It is governed as a democratic presidential republic. One of 18 megadiverse countries in the world, Ecuador hosts any endemic plants and animals, such as those of the Galápagos Islands. In recognition of its unique ecological heritage, the new constitution of 2008 is the first in the world to recognize legally enforceable Rights of Nature, or ecosystem rights. It also has the fifth lowest homicide rate in the Americas

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador

    Overview of healthcare in Ecuador.Ecuadorian healthcare is divided into a public and private sector. A comprehensive national health systemprovides free medical care to all residents regardless of income.

    Ecuador Health Insurance - Pacific Prime International

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    Again we are off topic, but since Chet shared it, I'll extract a few more lines from the article about the health care system in Ecuador:

    "Unfortunately, there has still been a shortage of staff, medicine, and hospital equipment in Ecuador’s public system, meaning wait times for treatment can be high and the quality of care is often lower than Western standards. Care can be more difficult in rural areas."

    "Many buy Ecuadorian health insurance in order to offset the costs of having better access to quick and efficient private care. While the public system can be adequate for healthy individuals who need little more than cold or flu medicine once or twice a year, those who have higher medical needs opt for the security of an insurance policy."