Greenwald: New York Times aka the mainstream media welcomes Assange’s arrest
As I saw during Snowden, many US reporters instinctively side with DOJ & cheer efforts to criminalize transparency. It's so bizarre. But here NYT's @ScottShaneNYT explains to his colleague that the Assange indictment includes much of what NYT reporters do https://t.co/mzzkPwKg4H
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 12, 2019
THIS ARTICLE IS FROM 2018!
and it seems it is exactly what was about to come in 2019 for Assange.
it shows two things:
The only place for western whistle blowers to be safe – is and remains Russia
If this legislative situation does not improve (and it does not look like it) speaking out against crimes – in the democratic west – will get you in serious trouble – even when law is on your side – just as if you would speak out against the Mafia in Italy.
This translates as: Western governments are more or less like a mafia and people have every right to abolish them.
While Moscow seems to be the only safe place for whistle blowers, Moscow will not make “extra efforts” to protect whistle blowers.
You will have to look after your self, pay rent yourself and so on.
the world is taken hostage by debt in foreign currency
the debt game is very old and is heavily used by the mafia “you owe us protection money”.
Julian Assange was arrested
Here you can see how much a vote counts, because people in Ecuador have voted for a more pro US president – and that is the result.
Julian Assange 47, has been living at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012
“In march 2012, in the capital of Belize, the brother of the President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, Edwin Moreno Garcés was a phantom company, commonly referred to as offshore under the name INA INVESTMENT CORP.
His name is not an acronym or anything like that but the acronym of the last three letters of the three daughters that the president of Ecuador Lenin Moreno Garcés had with his wife Rocío González Navas:
IrINA, CarINA and CristINA
The phantom company of which the Chairman says have nothing to do, but takes implicit the name of their three daughters was in the first instance created with the purpose of receiving monies through the “entrepreneur,” and at the same time their front man Xavier Macias Carmignani is levied, the product of kickbacks to certain companies such as china’s SINOHYDRO and the panamanian RECORSA, paid for the lobbying carried out in the awards of certain concessions granted by the state.
In one of those movements, no more or less than $ 18 million was paid.
What are the INA PAPERS?
The INA PAPERS are an important series of documents that confirm the existence of a criminal organization led by the president of Ecuador Lenin Moreno Garcés and that having as its members his wife, First Lady Rocío González, his close friend, businessman and front man Xavier Macías Carmignani, his wife María Herdoiza Patiño, the sister-in-law of President Guisella González, the brother of the president, Edwin Moreno Garcés and the former ambassador of Panama to Mexico, Ricardo Alemán Alfaro along with half a dozen lawyers and secondary characters, by means of at least a dozen societies ghosts (offshore) incorporated in various tax havens have committed a series of crimes that include money laundering, tax evasion and tax compliance, the traffic of influences and the collection of coimas (bribery) to the detriment of the Ecuadorian state, the scope of which, given that illicit acts have been committed in different countries, has resulted in what, according to INTERPOL standards in the area of money laundering, categorizes as a transnational crime.
Ghost companies, crimes and lavish lives.
Names pompous as the HOLY SPIRIT HOLDINGS, FOUNDATION AMORE, FOUNDATION ESMALAU, FUNDACIÓN PACHA MAMA, INVESTMENTS LARENA, INVESTMENTS MASPAL, MANELA INVESTMENT CORP., PROBATA INVESTMENTS, SAN ANTONIO BUSINESS CORP, TURQUOISE HOLDINGS LTD, VALLEY VIEW BUSINESS CORP along with the infamous INA INVESTMENT CORP are some of the companies fantasy that this criminal organization used for decades for in addition to committing all of the crimes previously referred to, have been used as a bridge to the acquisition of goods lavish vehicles such as Ferrari brand, Wallets of crocodile, jewelry, the payment of eccentric trips around the world and even the acquisition below the level of real estate of apartments in luxury condominiums in Spain.
In this site we propose to the reader either a simple occasional person or an investigative journalist, see and record firsthand the evidence that opens the doors of presidential corruption in the Republic of Ecuador.
translated from: http://inapapers.org/
UN experts urge UK to honour rights obligations and let Mr. Julian Assange leave Ecuador embassy in London freely
GENEVA (21 December 2018) – UN human rights experts today repeated a demand that the UK abides by its international obligations and immediately allows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to walk free from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been for over 6 years, fearing arrest by British authorities if he leaves, and extradition to the US.
“States that are based upon and promote the rule of law do not like to be confronted with their own violations of the law, that is understandable. But when they honestly admit these violations, they do honour the very spirit of the rule of law, earn enhanced respect for doing so, and set worldwide commendable examples,” the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) said.
In December 2015, the Working Group concluded in its opinion No. 54/2015 that Mr. Assange – who at the time had a European arrest warrant issued against him for an allegation of crimes committed in Sweden ‑ was being arbitrarily deprived of his freedom and demanded that he be released.
“Under international law, pre-trial detention must be only imposed in limited instances. Detention during investigations must be even more limited, especially in the absence of any charge” said the experts. “The Swedish investigations have been closed for over 18 months now, and the only ground remaining for Mr. Assange’s continued deprivation of liberty is a bail violation in the UK, which is, objectively, a minor offense that cannot post facto justify the more than 6 years confinement that he has been subjected to since he sought asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador. Mr. Assange should be able to exercise his right to freedom of movement in an unhindered manner, in accordance with the human rights conventions the UK has ratified,” the experts further said
The WGAD is further concerned that the modalities of the continued arbitrary deprivation of liberty of Mr. Assange is undermining his health, and may possible endanger his life given the disproportionate amount of anxiety and stress that such prolonged deprivation of liberty entails.
“The United Kingdom has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and has a responsibility to honour its commitment, by respecting its provisions in all cases,” the experts said.
“As the High Commissioner for human rights said several years ago, human rights treaty law is binding law, it is not discretionary law. It is not some passing fancy that a state can apply sometimes and not in the other,” the experts recalled.
“In addition, the recommendations of the WGAD Opinions are expected to be implemented by all States, including those which have not been a party in the case concerning Mr. Assange,” said the experts.
“On 10 December, the world celebrated International Human Rights Day. Seventy years ago, on that very day, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the mother of all rights contained in subsequent conventions, including the ICCPR.
“It is time that Mr. Assange, who has already paid a high price for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of opinion, expression and information, and to promote the right to truth in the public interest, recovers his freedom,” the experts concluded.
Background: Mr. Assange, a computer programmer and freedom of expression and information advocate, is the founder of Wikileaks, created to enable whistle-blowers to make public information they deem should be known in the public interest.
Mr. Assange was arrested on 7 December 2010 in the United Kingdom, pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant issued against him after he was accused of sexual misconduct in Sweden. That accusation has not been substantiated and after he was interrogated in London the Swedish Prosecutor decided in 2017 not to pursue the investigation.
Mr. Assange has been de facto arbitrarily deprived of his liberty since 2012 without charge or trial. He was first detained on remand and in isolation for 10 days in a prison in London; he then spent 550 days on bail terms constituting house arrest, pending his appeal before the UK’s Supreme Court against his extradition to Sweden. When the Supreme Court upheld the extradition decision, he sought political asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador on 16 August 2012, citing fears of being extradited from Sweden to the USA. He claimed that he had reasonable grounds to believe that should he be extradited to the USA, he would face trial for having published, through Wikileaks, thousands of US classified diplomatic cables and documents. Ecuador granted him political asylum and later Ecuadorian citizenship.
The United Kingdom has indicated that Mr. Assange’s fear to be extradited to the USA was unfounded. In April 2017, in his first public speech since becoming head of the CIA, Mr. Michael Pompeo described Wikileaks as a “hostile intelligence service” which claimed to act in the name of the defence of freedom of expression, freedom of information and privacy. The same month, the US Attorney General stated that it was a US priority to arrest and detain Julian Assange. On 15 November 2018, evidence emerged that the US Department of Justice was preparing an indictment against him but the charges have remained classified.
As a result of the Swedish Prosecutor’s decision not to pursue the investigation against Mr. Assange, the European Arrest Warrant against him was nullified. The remaining ground for arresting him is his violation of the terms of the bail in 2012, when he walked to the embassy of Ecuador to seek political asylum. The terms of bail included reporting daily to the local police station.
The UK authorities have made it clear that should he leave the Ecuadorian Embassy he would be arrested. An arrest warrant has been issued against Mr. Assange by a British court, and police have been assigned since 2012 to stand-by 24/7 at the embassy gate to arrest Mr. Assange should he exit the diplomatic premises.
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