This is Part 1 of a two-part article on the shocking and disturbing arrest of Julian Assange, founder of classified information publisher Wikileaks.
On April 11, 2019, another nail was hammered in the coffin of free speech when the government of Ecuador betrayed Australian activist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, revoking his protected political status and opening the doors of its London embassy to British police who swarmed in and forcibly removed their captive in chains.
As Assange was hauled off, he shouted:
“Resist…they must resist! You can resist! The UK can resist! Is this what the Trump administration has come to? The UK must resist!”
Since 2006, when Wikileaks launched in Iceland under the editorial hands and minds of Australian Julian Assange and German Daniel Schmitt, it has operated as an international not-for-profit organization that publishes (or “leak”) secret information, tattle-tale news, and hushed-up classified media – all from anonymous sources.
Julian Assange described himself as “a free press campaigner” and went on the record with Wikileaks’ mission:
“Wikileaks is a non-profit media organization which seeks to combine high-end security technologies with journalism and ethical principles to bring previously unpublished news and information of political, historical, social or ethical importance to the public. Wikileaks has provided a new model of journalism. Because we are not motivated by making a profit, we work cooperatively with other publishing and media organizations around the globe, instead of following the traditional model of competing with other media.”
In 2010, Wikileaks moved its operations to Sweden, whose national law prohibits journalists from disclosing their sources. Wikileaks leadership relocated in order to dodge subpoenas and protect their valuable, anonymous tipsters.
Global credit financiers Amazon, Mastercard, Visa, and PayPal, conspired to drive Wikileaks out of business by refusing to do business with the organization and its key members. Assange retaliated by telling volunteers around the globe to set up “mirror” internet sites (copies of the original) so that the information stays online even if one or more mirrored sites stops operating – or is taken down by its telephony provider.
To add to its worldwide reach and ensure reporting accuracy, Wikileaks teamed up with international news organizations (the British Guardian, German Der Spiegel, and the U.S. New York Times) to provide fact-checking and content distribution.
As I explained in an article published in February 2018, “Prosecuting the Persecuted Julian Assange,” a series of unfortunate events led to Assange’s captivity in the Ecuadoran embassy:
“On July 25, 2010, Wikileaks posted more than 90,000 classified documents related to the Afghanistan war. A month later, on August 20, 2010, Swedish prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Assange based on allegations of sexual assault from two female Wikileaks volunteers. Assange was visiting Sweden that month to speak at a conference when he met the two women and had sex with them. He denied any assault occurred. The next day, the Swedish prosecutor’s office rescinded the arrest warrant.
“Notwithstanding, ten days later, Stockholm police questioned Assange, informing him of the charges against him. On November 20, 2010, the Stockholm Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Assange. On December 7, 2010, Assange turned himself into authorities in London, England, where he was remanded into custody.
“On December 16, 2010, Assange was released on bail and put on house arrest. After unsuccessfully appealing a February 2011 British court decision to extradite Assange to Sweden, the Wikileaks founder requested political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19, 2012. Two months after that event, on August 16, 2012, Ecuador granted asylum to Assange.
“Assange continued his appeals to dismiss the original arrest warrant alleging sexual assault. Although the Swedish statute of limitations expired for the allegations of sexual molestation and coercion, the allegation of suspicion of rape stood and could be investigated until 2020, under Swedish law.
“On September 16, 2016, a Swedish appeals court upheld the arrest warrant alleging rape – and, for the eighth time, denied Assange freedom from political asylum. Assange’s leaving the embassy would mean his extradition to the United States.”
It’s Edward Snowden all over again. In 2013, the NSA whistleblower released NSA documents from a national computer surveillance program he worked on as a contractor, proving that the U.S. federal government has a long history of conspiring to trample our civil rights in order to spy on everyone constantly – for “our protection” and “national security.”
This is the end of Part 1 of this two-part article on the arrest of Australian publicist Julian Assange in Britain who now faces possible extradition to the United States on conspiracy charges. Stay tuned for Part 2 right here at TheDailyConspiracy.com!