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Assange is currently in Ecuador Embassy in London, he is at imminent risk of being evicted and immeiately arrested and extradited to USA.

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From Courage Foundation:

Assange’s protection from US extradition “in jeopardy”

CNN reports that refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy may end “any day now”

Almost two months after Julian Assange’s ability to receive visitors and access to digital communications was severely curtailed by the Government of Ecuador, CNN reports that the situation has become “unusually bad”.

Without the protection of the Ecuadorian government, Assange is liable to be arrested in the UK on charges related to a bail violation. More seriously, this would also open the way to questioning and a likely extradition request from the United States, where a grand jury investigation has been looking into Assange and WikiLeaks for publishing US secrets since 2010.

Last week, the Guardian reported that the UK and Ecuador were engaged in negotiations to attempt to bring the impasse over Assange’s asylum status to an end, without a guarantee that Assange should be protected from the prospect of extradition for his publication activities. Such a settlement would appear to breach principles of international and Ecuadorian domestic law.

In 2016, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declared Assange’s detention to be arbitrary, that he “has been subjected to different forms of deprivation of liberty,” and that he is “entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation.”

Without internet access or visitation, Assange has been even further cut off from the outside world. At least four open letters from civil society advocates around the world have been sent to the Ecuadorian government, calling for an end to Assange’s isolating conditions.

Assange was granted Ecuadorian citizenship in late 2017, which means he should have certain constitutional rights. Article 79 of the Ecuadorian Constitution bans the extradition of citizens: “In no case shall extradition of an Ecuadorian be granted.” Article 41 bans asylees from being returned: “The State shall respect and guarantee the principle of non-return.”

There is no question that Julian Assange faces immense danger from the prospect of a US prosecution. These threats have been reiterated under Trump. Last year, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo called WikiLeaks a “hostile intelligence service”, saying that the US “can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.” The Trump Administration has shown a willingness to continue the Obama Administration’s policy of using the 1917 Espionage Act against leakers of classified information, but indicting a publisher would be a serious step forward in the war on journalism, putting the freedom of the US press more broadly at risk.

You can donate to Assange’s legal fund here: https://www.iamwikileaks.org/donate/




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