BATTLE FOR WORLD / AP | May 13, 2019: The article highlights that Swedish prosecutors announced on Monday (May 13) they are reopening a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and seek his extradition after he has served his 50-week prison term in Britain for jumping bail.
Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, told a news conference in Stockholm that “there is still a probable cause to suspect that Assange committed a rape.” And said: “It is my assessment that a new questioning of Assange is required.”
Persson noted that while there is a risk the case may cut close to the statute of limitations deadline, “there is also a chance that we will be able to get him extradited before August 17 next year (2020).”
The move by Sweden would leave British authorities to decide whether to extradite Assange to Sweden or to the United States, where he’s wanted for allegedly hacking into a Pentagon computer.
(BattleForWorld: This was the tactic that was suggested by a few talking heads in media, for Sweden to reopen the case against Assange, where he would be extradited.
The US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was supposed to arrive in Moscow on May 13, but the State Department canceled the meeting. The reason given was that Pompeo was on his way to meet with the Europeans. Which left many asking the question: Is Pompeo going to meet with the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and pressure him to back down and let Assange be extradited to the US?
And a few talking heads in media have also speculated that if Assange is extradited to Sweden it will be an almost sure bet that he will join Edward Snowden in Russia, in freedom.
The United States is doing all sorts of crazy and reckless things because it knows that into 2020 and after, the prosperity reading cards are uncertain.)
BATTLE FOR WORLD / SPUTNIK NEWS | April 28, 2019: The article highlights that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 11 (2019) shortly after the country of Ecuador withdrew his 7-year asylum status in what the whistleblowing website described as an illegal termination of his political asylum in violation of international law.
John Shipton, the father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has suggested on the Australian television show ’60 Minutes’, aired on Channel 9, that his son was traded by Ecuador, in exchange for the United States to approve a loan from the International Monetary Fund and that his son will be jailed for life in an American prison.
“Ecuador doesn’t have its own currency. It uses the United States dollar… You can’t get an IMF loan unless the United States approves it – upon agreement to remove Julian from the Embassy”, he revealed to reporter Tara Brown in 60 Minutes.
BATTLE FOR WORLD / TASS | April 16, 2019: The article highlights that nearly half of those questioned by the VTsIOM pollster in Russia believe that by publishing secret documents Julian Assange promotes the freedom of speech and mass media, while a little more than a quarter (27%) described his activity as illegal.
“In the eyes of 45% of Russians Assange by publishing secret documents promotes the freedom of speech and mass media (53% in the group of 45-59-year-olds). And 40% of those polled believe that Assange acted in the interests of the world public (48% in the group of 60 years of age and older). And 57% of Russians believe that Assange rather sought to bring to the world public’s attention the cases of corruption, crimes and scandals in different countries,” the pollster noted.
BATTLE FOR WORLD / CNN | April 13, 2019: The article highlights that before Assange was arrested a deal was made with the British, guaranteeing Ecuador that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to a country* that has the death penalty, Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday (April 11) after Assange was arrested in London. (BattleForWorld: *They meant the United States, but did not want to say the name.)
“In line with our strong commitment to human rights and international law, I requested Great Britain to guarantee that Mr Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty,” Moreno said in a video posted on Twitter.
“The British government has confirmed it in writing, in accordance with its own rules.”
And British lawmakers have urged their government to hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to authorities in Sweden if that country reopens its investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations and requests his extradition.
BATTLE FOR WORLD / THELOCAL | April 13, 2019: The article highlights that after years of a frosty relationship between Sweden and Russia, leaders Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and President Vladimir Putin are today (April 9) set to have their first one-on-one meeting.
The two leaders are set to meet at the International Arctic Forum, a conference organized by Russia on five occasions since 2010, in St Petersburg.
The basic tone will not change, said the article, that the relationship will remain pretty much as it is, tense, between the two leaders.
Assange is now in the custody of UK police. And Wikileaks supporter Cassandra Fairbanks, who visited him on multiple occasions, likened his life at the Ecuadorean embassy in UK as “a prison with a kitchen” and that he was kept in ever worse conditions and had less privacy each time she saw him. She worries about his fate should he be extradited to the US and calls him “the biggest hero for freedom of the press” and says “they haven’t broken his spirit.”
BATTLE FOR WORLD / TASS | April 13, 2019| The article highlights that Hollywood actress Pamela Anderson, who once had a “romantic” relationship with the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, opposes his extradition to the United States and calls for the signing of a petition against this.
Anderson wrote on Twitter page that Assange “was correct in believing that USA was relentlessly trying to shut him up” “for exposing the truth” and “for helping expose crimes against humanity.”
BATTLE FOR WORLD / FOX NEWS | April 13, 2019: The video highlights WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, his arrest in London, for his news releases about government involvement in criminal activities and cover-ups?
BATTLE FOR WORLD / THEVERGE | April 13, 2019: The article highlights that the United States has unsealed an indictment against Julian Assange, accusing the WikiLeaks founder of conspiring to steal secret government files. Assange was arrested earlier today (April 11) by authorities in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Assange has been the target of the United States government since his organization began publishing Chelsea Manning’s leaks in 2010, bringing to light many US government secrets — like revealing that more civilians had died in Iraq than official estimates showed, detailing the accusations against Guantánamo detainees and airing American diplomats’ unvarnished takes on what was happening around the world. Manning began copying and uploading the State Department messages to WikiLeaks, pushing the breaking news service to fame.