Julian Assange's Departure from Ecuador Embassy in London Is Imminent

Lester Mason
July 22, 2018

Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, may soon be forced out of Ecuador's embassy in London and turned over to British authorities, according to a new report.

On Friday, Ecuador President Lenin Moreno was in London, where he was to speak at the Global Disabilities Summit, Greenwald reports on The Intercept, but the actual objective was to meet with British officials to finalize the agreement to turn Assange over.

PA Wire/PA Images Julian Assange, pictured at Ecuador's embassy in London in May 2017.

Assange has been blocked from the internet and unable "to communicate with the outside world" three months ago.

Moreno has previously called Assange a "hacker" and a "stone in the shoe".

Moreno is "close to finalizing, if he has not already finalized", the agreement, Greenwald writes, citing an unnamed "source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and the President's office". The source said the president is close to finalizing the agreement to hand Assange over to British officials. Assange would be well protected before his trial and in prison, where he would be likely to serve many years for his crimes. Besides, UK authorities are unlikely to provide a guarantee that the WikiLeaks founder would not be extradited to the USA, which is apparently bent on imprisoning him for releasing classified documents.

He has already spent 10 days in Wandsworth Prison and then was ordered under house arrest for 550 days at a supporter's home.

Swedish prosecutors already dropped their investigation a year ago into sexual assault allegations that had been filed against Assange.

However, top Trump administration officials are not at all concerned about the unsafe precedents prosecuting Assange could set, Greenwald notes, citing a "deranged" speech by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he declared "we can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us".

However, the Trump administration has seemingly made clear that they have no such concerns.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last April that the arrest of Assange would become a priority for the Justice Department. "That seems the highly likely scenario once Ecuador hands over Assange to the U.K".

Now it is Glenn Greenwald, so take it with an appropriately large grain of salt, but apparently this has been in the works for some time.

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