The UK's threat to invade the Ecuador embassy also made it clear that this case was not about questioning Julian Assange regarding a possible criminal case in Sweden. Few could believe that the UK government would have resorted to such extreme and illegal measures if this were just a matter of extraditing a foreign citizen to a foreign country where he is not even charged with a crime.
Sex, lies and Wikileaks: Has the media lost the plot? Plus, an interview with one of Egypt's most influential voices, Yosri Fouda. This July marked two years since the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks released the Afghan War Logs. Since then, the path for its founder Julian Assange has not been a smooth one, and it has led to an extradition battle between the UK and Ecuador.
Hundreds of Ecuadorians have marched in support of their government's decision to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum. Ecuador has expressed outrage at the British government's suggestion, later withdrawn, that police could enter the country's London embassy, where Assange has taken refuge, to seize him
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appeared in public for the first time since he took refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London two months ago, addressing supporters from a balcony. Assange, who sought shelter inside the nation's mission on June 19, was on Thursday granted asylum by Ecuador as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations.
Rafael Correa, Ecuador s president, has said he expects to respond to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's application for political asylum some time this week. "We expect to have a meeting on Wednesday [with Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino] and I hope to make an announcement before the end of the week," the leftist leader said in an interview with public broadcaster ECTV late on Monday.
A top Spanish lawyer acting for the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says Britain would have to allow Assange safe passage to Ecuador, should the South American country offer him asylum. Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations, has been in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for six weeks now.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has refused to present himself at a UK police station to start the process of extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on sexual assault charges. Assange has been hiding at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since last week, when he made a surprise application for political asylum there. He had been ordered to present himself at a police station on Friday morning
Quoting extensively from segments of the chatlogsascribed to Manning - which, in the words of Madar, reveal the young man's "intent is conscious, coherent, historically informed and above all it is political" - the author notes that the information contained therein has "for the most part been studiously ignored by a mass media determined not to comprehend Bradley Manning's motives".
Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking classified information to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has been formally charged after declining to enter a plea in a military trial which could see him jailed for life. Manning, a 24-year-old former intelligence analyst, was charged on Thursday with 22 counts, the most serious of which is "aiding the enemy," which carries a maxium sentence of life in prison. The other charges carry a combined maximum of 150 years behind bars.
Hacker group Anonymous has released a recording of what appears to be a conference call between the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scotland Yard held last month to discuss operations against the group. The audio of the nearly 17-minute conference call was posted on YouTube along with an email invitation from an FBI agent setting up the call for January 17.
A US military tribunal has recommended a court martial for Bradley Manning, the soldier alleged to have funnelled thousands of classified US documents to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. "The investigating officer [Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza] concluded that the charges and specifications are in the proper form and that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged," the US Army Military District of Washington said on Thursday.
It has been more than 17 months since Private Bradley Manning was arrested for allegedly leaking classified US military documents to Julian Assange and his whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Since his detention, there has been news of torture, solitary confinement and mistreatment by prison guards. The information leaked by Manning to WikiLeaks made front page news around the world. But Manning's case and the grim conditions of his detention have not attracted as much press.
Last week, after an astounding 567 days in prison, Bradley Manning - the US Army private accused of leaking the WikiLeaks documents - finally began his pre-trial hearing. In the year and a half since he has been in jail, Manning has been severely mistreated by his jailers, has been assumed guilty by the president and now potentially faces life in jail. Yet the "crime" he is accused of is something many US officials do with regularity: leak classified information in the public interest to news organisations.