In this breaking news video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange interviews Ben Griffin of Veterans For Peace about the latest information regarding Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks.
The interview takes place outside 10 Downing Street, where the British government announced earlier today that they will still arrest Assange if he leaves the Embassy, where he has sought refuge for seven years, without charge.
Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy on June 19, 2012, claiming diplomatic asylum after being wanted in Sweden for questioning over four alleged sexual offences. After two months in the Embassy, Assange’s asylum request was eventually granted by the Ecuadorian government on August 16, 2012.
Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, made the announcement at a news conference in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito. He said “The government of Ecuador, faithful to its tradition of protecting those who seek refuge in its territory or in its diplomatic missions, has decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange.” He added, “There are indications to presume that there could be political persecution,” and said Mr. Assange would not get a fair trial in the United States and could face the death penalty there.
The British government had suggested it could use its discretionary powers under the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, to enter the embassy and arrest Assange after giving the embassy due notice. However, it later retracted the suggestion, following condemnation from Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and President Rafael Correa. Patiño described the British government’s statement as “a clear breach of international law and the protocols set out in the Vienna Convention.”
Over the last seven years Wikileaks have published; The Iraq War Logs, The Afghan War Diaries, Collateral Murder, Cablegate and numerous other government documents that have given insight into the true nature of events. As a result, Wikileaks has made an enemy of the government of the United States of America.
It is not only the American government who have negative views towards Assange but many members of the public, today, continue to be unsure or even fully believe that Assange is a rapist and a coward, hiding away from justice. Let’s set the record straight:
— FREE ASSANGE NOW (@AssangeFreedom) March 16, 2017
Despite these major trials and tribulations, Wikileaks just today published new, important information about the CIA, named Athena, the latest release in the Vault7 series. Athena shows a system of malware to penetrate and spy, targeting all versions of Windows (XP to Win 10) and all conducted without a warrant.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 19, 2017
RT reports that “Athena “hijacks” the DNSCACHE, a temporary database maintained by the operating system to record internet traffic on the computer, to hide its presence…”.
— Colm McGlinchey (@ColmMcGlinchey) May 19, 2017
Previous releases showed hacking techniques used to weaponize mobile phones, conduct surveillance via Smart TVs and load and execute malware on a target computer.
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