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.