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Post by SquidInk » 07-15-2012 11:52 AM

https://rt.com/news/wikileaks-visa-court-case-040/
The Reykjavík District Court has ruled that Valitor, formerly known as VISA Iceland, violated contract laws by blocking credit card donations to Wikileaks, according to a press release posted on the whistleblowers' Twitter account.

The court also ordered that the donation gateway should be reopened within 14 days otherwise Valitor will be forced to pay a fine of ,200 daily. Valitor CEO Vidar Thorkellsson told Bloomberg, however, that the company would appeal the ruling. He declined to comment further.

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"I can support Al-Qaeda, the Ku Klux Klan, buy weapons and drugs and all kinds of porn with my Visa card. There is nobody investigating this, but I cannot support a human rights organisation which is fighting for freedom of expression," Sigurvinsson said.

Donating money is a basic right in every free society, agrees human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

“Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have not been charged with any offence, so to pre-emptively cut off the finances of a company that has not been found guilty of any crime, I think, is a very, very bad omen,” he told RT. “Once we give those companies the right to veto whose donations to which companies they would accept, we are on a slippery road not only to censorship, but indeed to an unfree society.”
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Post by SquidInk » 08-08-2012 05:08 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/wikileaks-has-been ... 000002213/
You can call me DietPepsi. I am the leader of AntiLeaks. We are not doing this to call attention to ourselves. We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at aslyum in Ecuador.

Assange is the head of a new breed of terrorist. We are doing this as a protest against his attempt to escape justice into Ecuador. This would be a catalyst for many more like him to rise up in his place. We will not stop and they will not stop us.
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Post by Raggedyann » 08-14-2012 03:34 PM

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will be granted asylum by Ecuador's president Rafael Correa, government officials from the country confirm. Assange sought refuge at Ecuador's London embassy on June 19, when he officially requested political asylum in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted on allegations of sexual misconduct. He's been holed up in the embassy ever since. It's unclear whether the gesture will allow Assange to leave Britain and fly to Ecuador, or if it's more of a symbolic move—one that will no doubt annoy Britain, the U.S., and Sweden.

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Post by Raggedyann » 08-15-2012 11:54 PM

Julian Assange can be arrested in embassy, UK warns Ecuador

The diplomatic and political minefield that is the fate of Julian Assange is expected to come a step closer to being traversed when Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, gives his decision on whether his country will grant the WikiLeaks' founder asylum around lunchtime on Thursday.

The decision – if it comes – will mark the end of a turbulent process that on Wednesday night saw Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, raging against perceived threats from Britain to "storm" the embassy and warning that such a "dangerous precedent" would be met with "appropriate responses in accordance with international law".

The dramatic development came two months after Assange suddenly walked into the embassy in a bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Patiño released details of a letter he said was delivered through a British embassy official in Quito, the capital of the South American country.

The letter said: "You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the embassy."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/au ... ssy-asylum
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Of course not a word about this on our TV "dumb us down and confuse us" MSM.
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Post by Raggedyann » 08-16-2012 12:04 AM

'Hostile act'

At a news conference in Quito on Wednesday, Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said a letter from the UK government was delivered through a British embassy official.

"Today we received from the United Kingdom an express threat, in writing, that they might storm our Embassy in London if we don't hand over Julian Assange," he said.

"Ecuador rejects in the most emphatic terms the explicit threat of the British official communication."

He said such a threat was "improper of a democratic, civilised and rule abiding country".

"If the measure announced in the British official communication is enacted, it will be interpreted by Ecuador as an unacceptable, unfriendly and hostile act and as an attempt against our sovereignty. It would force us to respond," he said.

"We are not a British colony".

A Foreign Office spokesman said the UK remained "determined" to fulfil its obligation to extradite 41-year-old Mr Assange.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the letter from the UK to Ecuador stated: "You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the embassy.

"We sincerely hope that we do not reach that point, but if you are not capable of resolving this matter of Mr Assange's presence in your premises, this is an open option for us."

It went on: "We need to reiterate that we consider the continued use of the diplomatic premises in this way incompatible with the Vienna Convention and unsustainable and we have made clear the serious implications that this has for our diplomatic relations."

"Throughout this process we have drawn the Ecuadorians' attention to relevant provisions of our law, whether, for example, the extensive human rights safeguards in our extradition procedures, or to the legal status of diplomatic premises in the UK," the spokesman said.

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Post by Dale O Sea » 09-04-2012 09:46 AM

Interview with Julian Assange's US Attorney, Michael Ratner

Published on Sep 3, 2012 by SamSeder

Assange's US attorney, Michael Ratner told Sam that Sweden regularly sends investigators to other countries to question witnesses and suspects making it all the more suspicious that they would not send officials into the UK to question Assange. Sam and Michael also examined the broader implications of the crackdown on Wikileaks for press freedom.

This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM

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Post by Raggedyann » 09-04-2012 03:22 PM

The U.S. says they have no interest in prosecuting Assange. If this is the case, then why isn't Sweden interviewing him at the British Embassy or by satellite? The U.S. can't wait to get their hands on him and everybody else involved will play ball to make this happen, as per usual.
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Post by Fan » 02-07-2013 12:40 PM

Dude111 wrote: Many think that guy who runs that site IS WORKING WITH CIA to release info they wouldnt admit to otherwise....

When you look @ the fact that THEY DIDNT SEIZE HIS DOMAIN when they started seizing others (megaupload.com,etc) you gotta wonder if indeed he is!


what do others think of this? I have a problem with wikileaks... I want to believe but it is all too convenient. They never leak anything truly secret, and they are allowed to continue unabated. If indeed they threatened the US government how long would they be allowed to continue?

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Post by Doka » 02-07-2013 02:03 PM

I don't know what to think about him or Wikileaks either. But I was just reading this article on him this morning and I still don't anything more. The only thing that I find to be interesting is that the powers that be keep him in the news.:confused:

http://www.newstatesman.com/print/2013/ ... his-allies

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Post by SquidInk » 02-14-2013 11:22 AM

Fan wrote: what do others think of this? I have a problem with wikileaks... I want to believe but it is all too convenient. They never leak anything truly secret, and they are allowed to continue unabated. If indeed they threatened the US government how long would they be allowed to continue?
Impossible to know the truth. In any case, the simple fact that it is impossible for us to know the truth - on any topic or event beyond our local area - is all we need to know.

The concept that we have no idea what wikileaks really is, who Assange really is, and what the information released really is actually proves the point that wikileaks (as presented) was trying to make.

One of the most interesting aspects of the entire spectacle, as documented up thread, was the response from our 'leaders'. The best one was along these lines (paraphrased): if the law doesn't allow us to assassinate this scumbag, then we'll change the law until it does. [end] Of course, that would also instantly nullify all law, but we won't dwell on that triviality while a 'cyber-terrorist' is on the prowl. What more do we need to know about the nature of the system in which we find ourselves?

My conclusion: wikileaks, either directly or indirectly, provided the Sixpacs with incredibly valuable information.
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Post by SquidInk » 02-14-2013 11:54 AM

SquidInk wrote: My conclusion: wikileaks, either directly or indirectly, provided the Sixpacs with incredibly valuable information.
Of course, the Sixpacs will systematically ignore the incredibly valuable information while continuing to do extremely patriotic things like 'supporting the troops' & voting for 'lesser evil' then proudly affixing 'I voted' stickers on their chests, etc.
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Post by SquidInk » 02-19-2013 01:00 PM

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/assa ... 23055.html
In an interview on Australian website The Conversation, Assange outlined a scenario that would set him free to return to home.

If he takes a senate seat in the Sept 14 elections, “the US Department of Justice won’t want to spark an international diplomatic row,” the website paraphrased Assange as saying.

“It will drop its grand jury espionage investigation. The Cameron government will follow suit,” it added.

If Britain failed to back off “the political costs of the current standoff will be higher still”, Assange said.
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Post by Dale O Sea » 03-09-2013 05:53 PM

A great comparison of past and present govt whistle-blowers. -D

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PFC Bradley Manning goes on trial for turning over U.S. Government secrets to Wikileaks for public release. Dan thinks he bears more resemblance to Daniel Ellsberg than to Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
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Post by Diogenes » 03-09-2013 08:05 PM

As opinionated as I am and seldom sit on a fence, I am on the fence about this guy.

Just not sure what to think and reading doesn't seem to clarify for me.
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Post by Raggedyann » 03-09-2013 08:09 PM

I would love to read all the stuff Assange hasn't released but threatens to.

If he ever gets to walk the earth free again he better keep looking skyward. :D
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