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#1 fahrquad


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 09:24 AM

Julian Assange, blabber-mouth extraordinaire, has been given the boot by Ecuador for being a lousy house guest.


But relations between him and Ecuador's government worsened under President Lenín Moreno, who took office in 2017. This became evident last year when Assange was given a set of house rules, including paying for internet use, food and laundry, taking better care of his cat and keeping the bathroom clean.


Patience was already running thin and, explaining the withdrawal of Assange's protection on Twitter, President Moreno accused him of "repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols". He said Ecuador had "reached its limit" on Assange's "discourteous and aggressive behaviour".


More details emerged later, when Foreign Minister José Valencia told Congress that Assange had been using a mobile phone not registered with the embassy, repeatedly insulted the mission's workers, reportedly calling them US spies, and damaged the facilities by riding his skateboard and playing football, despite being told not to do so.


Cleaning staff, Mr Valencia said, had described "improper hygienic conduct" throughout Assange's stay, an issue that a lawyer had attributed to "stomach problems". One unnamed senior Ecuadorean official told AP news agency that other issues included "weeks without a shower" and a "dental problem born of poor hygiene".



Edited by fahrquad, 12 April 2019 - 09:27 AM.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 09:37 AM

In case you are wondering why the big to-do about this waste of skin...


Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and came to international attention in 2010 when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley Manning). These leaks included the Collateral Murder video (April 2010),[3][4] the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), and CableGate (November 2010). Following the 2010 leaks, the federal government of the United States launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and asked allied nations for assistance.[5]


In November 2010, Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Assange.[6] He had been questioned there months earlier over allegations of sexual assault and rape.[7] Assange denied the allegations, and said that he would be extradited from Sweden to the United States because of his role in publishing secret American documents.[8][9] Assange surrendered to UK police on 7 December 2010 but was released on bail within 10 days. Having been unsuccessful in his challenge to the extradition proceedings, he breached his bail in June 2012 and absconded.[10] He was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012 and remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London until his arrest in April 2019. Assange has held Ecuadorian citizenship since 12 December 2017.[11]Swedish prosecutors later suspended their investigation into the rape accusation against Assange; they applied to revoke the European arrest warrant in May 2017.[12] The London Metropolitan Police indicated that an arrest warrant was in force for Assange's failure to surrender himself to his bail.[13]


During the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, WikiLeaks hosted emails sent or received by candidate Hillary Clinton from her private email server when she was Secretary of State.[14] The Democratic Party, along with cybersecurity experts, claimed that Russian intelligence had hacked the emails and leaked them to WikiLeaks; Assange consistently denied any connection to or cooperation with Russia in relation to the leaks, and stated the Clinton campaign was stoking "a neo-McCarthy hysteria".[15][16][17][18][19]

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 05:33 PM

You failed to mention the $4.2 billion loan recently granted to Ecuador by the IMF.


If you wish to be informed read the entire story about Wikileaks, not just one side.



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 10:22 PM

I dunno what an IMF loan to Ecuador could possibly have to do with Assange getting the boot, unless you seem to think that these two were related in some convoluted way.  From your post:


In private conversations from November 2015 that were later leaked, Julian Assange expressed a preference for a GOP victory in the 2016 election, explaining that "Dems+Media+liberals woudl [sic] then form a block to reign [sic] in their worst qualities.


WikiLeaks has also been criticised for inadequately curating its content and violating the personal privacy of individuals. WikiLeaks has, for instance, revealed Social Security numbers, medical information, credit card numbers and details of suicide attempts.


In July 2016, the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Group, a bipartisan counterterrorism organisation, warned that hackers who stole authentic data might "salt the files they release with plausible forgeries."[253] Russian intelligence agencies have frequently used disinformation tactics, "which means carefully faked emails might be included in the WikiLeaks dumps. After all, the best way to make false information believable is to mix it in with true information."


WikiLeaks has popularized conspiracies about the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, such as tweeting an article which suggested Clinton campaign chairperson John Podesta engaged in satanic rituals (which was later revealed to be false),[19][265][266] implying that the Democratic Party had Seth Rich killed,[20] suggesting that Clinton wore earpieces to debates and interviews,[267] claiming that Hillary Clinton wanted to drone strike Assange,[268] promoting conspiracy theories about Clinton's health,[21][269][270] and promoting a conspiracy theory from a Donald Trump–related Internet community tying the Clinton campaign to child kidnapper Laura Silsby.


WikiLeaks has been criticised for making misleading claims about the contents of its leaks.[311][312] Media outlets have also been criticised for reporting on WikiLeaks' claims about the CIA leak, which were later retracted.[311]

According to University of North Carolina Professor Zeynep Tufekci, this is part of a pattern of behaviour. After the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt, WikiLeaks announced that it would release e-mails belonging to Turkey's ruling conservative Justice and Development Party. WikiLeaks released Turkish emails and documents as a response to the Turkish government's crackdown on real or alleged government opponents that followed the coup attempt.[189] When these e-mails were released, however, it "was nothing but mundane mailing lists of tens of thousands of ordinary people who discussed politics online.


I was under the impression that journalists were required to give factual information without bias, which apparently applies to neither Assange or Wikileaks.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:44 AM

I care naught about the politics involved, but a bad guest is a bad guest.  Abusing the help and smearing feces on the walls would get me kicked out just about everywhere (other than an asylum).