Posts Tagged ‘ Wikileaks ’

WikiLeaks releases 2,000 files from German inquiry into NSA spying scandal

December 2, 2016
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International Business Times    

"Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has released a 90GB-sized trove of data relating to the ongoing German parliamentary inquiry into the relationship between the county's foreign intelligence agency -- the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) -- and the National Security Agency (NSA). According to WikiLeaks, the disclosure consists of 2,420 documents from 'various agencies" of the German government submitted as exhibits to the inquiry last year. The probe was set up after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013 which exposed close surveillance links between the agencies. ... In a previous release in 2015, WikiLeaks published documents that suggested the communications of over 120 top German government officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were being intercepted by the NSA. The files showed how the surveillance operation had been active for years." (12/01/16)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wikileaks-releases-over-2000-files-german-inquiry-into-nsa-spying-scandal-1594441  

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UN rejects UK regime’s appeal of Assange arbitrary detention ruling

December 1, 2016
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Daily Express [UK]    

"The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention threw out a UK appeal against its previous ruling, when the panel had said that Mr Assange's detention was unlawful. Although Mr Assange voluntarily sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London more than four years ago, the panel ruled that the fact that he would be arrested as soon as he attempted to leave amounted to an arbitrary detention. In throwing out the appeal, the UN said the British Government had not brought forward any new evidence to allow a review of the case. Following the ruling, Mr Assange said in a statement: 'Now that all appeals are exhausted I expect that the UK and Sweden will comply with their international obligations and set me free.'" (12/01/16)

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/738767/Wikileaks-Julian-Assange-free-United-Nations-UK-Government-appeal  

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Wikileaks releases half a million Carter era US diplomatic cables

November 29, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"WikiLeaks on Monday released more than 500,000 diplomatic cables from President Jimmy Carter's administration. The cables, all of which were sent by State Department officials in 1979, could offer additional insight to researchers and journalists about the United States'[s] activity in a momentous year that saw the Iranian Revolution and the political rise of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. 'If any year could be said to be the 'year zero' of our modern era, 1979 is it,' WikiLeaks head Julian Assange said in a statement." (11/28/13)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/307715-wikileaks-releases-thousands-of-diplomatic-cables  

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UK: Swedish prosecutors end Assange interrogation

November 16, 2016
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Independent [Ireland]    

"The interview with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has ended after a second day of questioning. The Swedish Prosecution Authority said prosecutors will now take a view on the continuation of the investigation against the WikiLeaks founder. He faces a sex allegation which he has always denied. Assistant prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and Swedish police inspector Cecilia Redell were again present at Tuesday's interview." (11/15/16)

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/prosecutors-end-questioning-of-julian-assange-in-londons-ecuadorian-embassy-35217736.html  

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UK: Date set for Assange to put an end to Swedish fishing expedition

November 8, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Swedish prosecutors say that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be interviewed on Nov. 14 at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for four years. The Prosecution Authority says that Ecuador has granted Sweden's request for legal assistance in questioning Assange over a rape allegation stemming from a visit to the Scandinavian country in 2010." [editor's note: The story is written in such a way as to convey the impression that Assange doesn't want this interview but is being forced to give it by Ecuador. In point of fact, he has been proposing it for years -- the holdup was the Swedish prosecutor not wanting to do it that way - TLK] (11/07/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wikileaks-julian-assange-questions-alleged-rape-sweden-ecuadorian-embassy/  

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Wikileaks and the Podesta emails: Two things

November 3, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"As final voting in the 2016 US presidential election approaches, questions continue to swirl around Wikileaks and its release of an email archive copied from the personal files of John Podesta, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign chair. It would be impossible, in the space of a single column, to fully consider the content and implications of those emails. There are, however, two relevant questions which those interested in the matter should carefully consider. First, are the emails authentic and unaltered? ... Secondly, is the Podesta email hack an attempt by Vladimir Putin to affect the election?" (11/03/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8257  

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Julian’s alive: Assange makes live phone appearance at computer conference

October 27, 2016
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Wikileaks The Daily Express [UK]    

"Julian Assange has killed off rumours he is dead with a live telephone appearance at a computer conference yesterday. Conspiracy theories had flooded the internet over whether he had died or been taken into custody since Mr Assange went quiet after being stripped of his internet access in the Ecuadorian embassy around two weeks ago. ... a video showing Mr Assange making a lengthy telephone call in to the Conferencia Internacional de Software Libre in Argentina yesterday, has emerged online. Just a photograph of Mr Assange was shown as he spoke about Wikileaks'[s] recent publication of around 50,000 leaked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta. He accused Mrs Clinton's team of being responsible for his internet being cut off." (10/27/16)

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/725803/Julian-Assange-alive-Wikileaks-Argentina-computer-conference  

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No comment: Clinton has “nothing to say” about Wikileaks email revealing $12 million pay to play scheme

October 24, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"A stone-faced Hillary Clinton refused to comment on an email a top aide sent calling a Clinton Foundation quid pro quo a 'mess' of the former secretary of state's own making. 'I have nothing to say about Wikileaks, other than I think we should all be concerned about what the Russians are trying to do to our election and using Wikileaks very blatantly to try to influence the outcome of the election,' Clinton said on Saturday. ... Hacked emails revealed an internal disagreement among Clinton's aides about her desire to hold a conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The country's king made a $12 million pledge to fund the Clinton Global Initiative conference -- but only if the the likely presidential candidate attended. ... Bill Clinton was the star turn at the Clinton Foundation's Clinton Global Initiative summit in Marrakesh in May 2015. It was his wife who solicited the cash from the country's king using her own presence as a quid-pro-quo, then did not go herself." (10/22/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3863568/No-comment-Clinton-say-Wikileaks-email-revealing-12M-quid-pro-quo-Morocco-s-king-aide-said-mess-making.html  

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Regime source admits US pressured Ecuador to silence Assange in bid to aid Clinton

October 20, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Quiet pressure from the U.S. government played a role in Ecuador's decision to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from using the internet at Ecuador's London embassy, U.S. officials told NBC News. 'It was a bit of an eviction notice,' said a senior intelligence official. Ecuador's government said Tuesday it had partly restricted internet access for Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, who has lived in the South American country's London embassy for more than four years. The action came after U.S. officials conveyed their [evidenceless propaganda claim] that Assange is a willing participant in a Russian intelligence operation to undermine the U.S. presidential election, NBC News has learned. U.S. intelligence officials [pretend to] believe Assange knows he is getting the information from Russian intelligence, though they do not believe he is involved in helping plan the hacking, officials told NBC." (10/19/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-urged-ecuador-act-against-assange-n669271  

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Is disclosure of Podesta’s emails a step too far?

October 20, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald and Naomi Klein  

"Some news organizations, including The Intercept, have devoted substantial resources to reporting on the newsworthy aspects of the archive of emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that was published last week by WikiLeaks. ... While the significance of particular stories has been debated, there is no denying that many of those disclosures offer a valuable glimpse into campaign operatives who currently exercise great political power and who, as of January of next year, are likely to be among the most powerful officials on the planet. Despite her agreement with those propositions, the author and activist Naomi Klein believes there are serious threats to personal privacy and other critical political values posed by hacks of this sort, particularly when accompanied by the indiscriminate publication of someone's personal emails. ... Earlier this week, Klein and I discussed her views and concerns about these issues." [editor's note: I really need to get to work on the full argument as to why "privacy" is not an ethical value per se - TLK] [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/19/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/19/is-disclosure-of-podestas-emails-a-step-too-far-a-conversation-with-naomi-klein/  

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Assange’s fate

October 19, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The saga of Julian Assange seems to be drawing to a climax -- one that will decide the fate of this historic whistleblower who, for years, has been a giant thorn in the side of governments everywhere. His role in exposing the machinations of the US government over the years earned him the plaudits of liberals -- until the Bush era ended, and he started exposing the crimes of the Obama administration and -- most pointedly -- the hypocrisy and venality of Hillary Clinton and her journalistic camarilla. Now we see right-wing figures like Sean Hannity and -- yes! -- Donald Trump praising and defending him, while the ostensible liberals take up the cry of the Clinton campaign that he's a 'pawn of the Kremlin' and a 'rapist.'" (10/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/18/assanges-fate/  

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Rubio to Republicans: Screw the truth if it comes from Wikileaks … let’s pretend the problem is !THEM RUSSIANS!

October 19, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is warning his fellow Republicans not to talk about the Wikileaks dump of emails stolen [sic] from Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta, breaking with the example set by Donald Trump. 'I will not discuss any issue that has become public solely on the basis of Wikileaks,' said Rubio in a statement to NBC News. 'As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process and I will not indulge it.'"

http://www.nbcnews.com/card/marco-rubio-warns-republicans-dont-talk-about-wikileaks-n668746  

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Ecuador: Regime admits it cut off Assange’s Internet to help Clinton

October 19, 2016
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"Ecuador, the nation that has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the country's London embassy, said late Tuesday it had cut off his Internet access. Ecuador says it did this because of WikiLeaks'[s] recent dumps of hacked e-mails surrounding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 'The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,' the government said in a statement. 'Accordingly, Ecuador has exercised its sovereign right to temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom. This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.' Ecuador, however, said it wasn't revoking the asylum it granted to Assange in 2012." [editor's note: In attempting to suppress Assange's ability to communicate, Ecuador's regime DID intervene in the electoral process of the US, and it DID do so in favor of one particular candidate - TLK] (10/19/16)

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/10/ecuador-says-it-cut-off-assanges-internet-over-clinton-data-dumps/  

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WikiLeaks says Assange’s Internet link was severed by “state party”

October 17, 2016
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Fox News    

"WikiLeaks said Monday that its founder Julian Assange's Internet link was severed by a 'state party' and that 'appropriate contingency plans' had been activated. ... The website's announcement came hours after it published three cryptic tweets. The messages referenced Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Kingdom's Foreign Commonwealth Office. Each tweet was matched with a string of numbers. ... Gizmodo noted that the 64-character codes sparked a whirlwind of rumors that the 45-year-old Assange had died. Rumors on Reddit and Twitter said the numbers triggered a so-called 'dead man's switch,' which could be enacted in case Assange did die. Gizmodo reported that such switches do exist." (10/17/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/10/17/wikileaks-says-assanges-internet-link-was-severed-by-state-party.html  

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WikiLeaks releases transcripts of Clinton Goldman Sachs speeches

October 16, 2016
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Wikileaks CNN    

"WikiLeaks released Saturday what appear to be transcripts of Hillary Clinton's three paid speeches to financial heavyweight Goldman Sachs. The remarks, which were hacked as part of an extensive breach of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's email account, show Clinton commenting on Wall Street's role in financial regulations, relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the damage done to US foreign policy by past WikiLeaks releases. The Clinton campaign declined to confirm the authenticity of any of the transcripts and CNN cannot independently confirm their authenticity. But the campaign has not challenged any emails in other WikiLeaks releases and this is the second time transcripts from Clinton's paid speeches have been made public by the group." (10/15/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/15/politics/wikileaks-hillary-clinton-goldman-sachs-speeches/  

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On Wikileaks, journalism, and privacy: Reporting on the Podesta archive is an easy call

October 14, 2016
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Some have been arguing that because these hacks were engineered by the Russian government with the goal of electing Trump or at least interfering in U.S. elections, journalists should not aid this malevolent scheme by reporting on the material. Leaving aside the fact that there is no evidence (just unproven U.S. Government assertions) that the Russian government is behind these hacks, the motive of a source is utterly irrelevant in the decision-making process about whether to publish. Once the journalist has confidence in the authenticity of the material, the only relevant question is whether the public good from publishing outweighs any harm. And if the answer to that question is 'yes,' then the journalist has not only the right, but the absolute duty, to report on it." (10/13/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/13/on-wikileaks-journalism-and-privacy-reporting-on-the-podesta-archive-is-an-easy-call/  

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WikiLeaks dumps more John Podesta emails

October 12, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Hacked emails show that Hillary Clinton's campaign was slow to grasp the seriousness of the controversy over her use of a homebrew email server and believed it might blow over after one weekend. Two days after The Associated Press was first to report in March 2015 that Clinton had been running a private server in her home in New York to send and receive messages when she was secretary of state, her advisers were shaping their strategy to respond to the revelation. Among the emails made public Tuesday by WikiLeaks was one from Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill, who optimistically suggested that the issue might quickly blow over. ... WikiLeaks began releasing on Friday what it said were years of messages from accounts used by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. He has acknowledged his emails were hacked. Podesta warned that messages may have been altered or edited to inflict political damage but has not pointed to any specific case of this." (10/12/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wikileaks-dumps-more-john-podesta-emails/  

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What the Wikileaks emails say about Clinton

October 12, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Russell Berman  

"'There is no other Donald Trump,' Hillary Clinton likes to say about her opponent. 'This is it.' The events of the last two weeks -- Trump's two debate performances, the release of his bawdy comments about women in a 2005 video clip, his lashing out against Republicans who are deserting him -- have proven Clinton correct on that count. But the leak of thousands of hacked email exchanges among Clinton's top advisers suggest the same can be said about her -- at least in her role as a public figure. They capture a candidate, and a campaign, that seems in private exactly as cautious, calculating, and politically flexible as they appeared to be in public." (10/12/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/wikileaks-clinton-emails-podesta-sanders-trump/503711/  

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WikiLeaks to dump Assange’s medical records in challenge to Trump, Clinton

September 14, 2016
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Politico    

"WikiLeaks is upping the ante in its transparency test for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 'In 24h we will release 30 pages of our editor (Julian Assange)'s medical records as part 1 of our transparency challenge to Clinton & Trump,' the organization tweeted Tuesday." (09/13/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/wikileaks-julian-assange-medical-records-228109  

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Libeling leakers: Julian Assange, Wikileaks and the Russian “connection”

September 12, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"What was the New York Times thinking in making the suggestion? Evidently, its patriotic sense has been affronted by the disclosures from WikiLeaks that have sprinkled more than a bit of dust on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. In doing so, Julian Assange and the organisation, so claimed the paper, had wangled its way into the Kremlin's agenda." (09/09/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/09/libeling-leakers-julian-assange-wikileaks-and-the-russian-connection/  

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Assange: American press supports “demon” Hillary Clinton

September 1, 2016
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Wikileaks Politico    

"In an interview with New York Times investigative reporter Jo Becker on Wednesday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the press of supporting Hillary Clinton, whom he likened to a 'demon.' 'The American liberal press, in falling over themselves to defend Hillary Clinton, are erecting a demon that is going to put nooses around everyone's necks as soon as she wins the election, which is almost certainly what she's going to do,' Assange said in the interview, which was broadcast live Wednesday on Facebook. ... Some critics have accused the WikiLeaks editor in chief of trying to undermine the Clinton campaign in an effort to help Donald Trump's campaign and advance Russia’s political interests. (Russian hackers are widely suspected to be behind the DNC email hack.) Assange has denied the claims and in the interview said the concerns over Russia's involvement are 'neo-McCarthyist hysteria.'" (08/31/16)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/08/julian-assange-american-press-supports-demon-hillary-clinton-227597  

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Assange: WikiLeaks will release “thousands” more Clinton documents before US election

August 26, 2016
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Wikileaks International Business Times    

"Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, has promised another batch of 'significant' documents relating to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be released before the US election on 8 November. ... In July, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails reportedly hacked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) which resulted in a number of high-profile resignations including the group's chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz." (08/25/16)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/assange-wikileaks-will-release-thousands-more-clinton-documents-before-us-election-1577986  

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Persecuting Assange: The mainstreaming of neoliberal pathology

August 18, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Simon Wood  

[A]fter four years of stalling, Swedish prosecutors have this week expressed their intention to question Assange within the embassy, something they could have easily done at any time. Indeed, those believing that (Swedish prosecutor) Marianne Ny really has at heart the best interests of the two women involved in the case must now ask themselves why she would therefore allow some of her investigations into allegations of sexual assault to be dropped -- as they were last year -- because the deadline for bringing charges expired. Given that Sweden is now willing to interview Assange in the embassy, why could they have not done this sooner for the sake of the women involved? The only possible conclusion is that this -- as long stated by several serious analysts -- is a purely political investigation and that Assange is right to fear for his security." (08/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/18/persecuting-assange-the-mainstreaming-of-neoliberal-pathology/  

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NPR host demands that Assange do something its own reporters are told never to do

August 18, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Naomi LaChance  

"In a ten-minute interview aired Wednesday morning, NPR's David Greene asked Wikileaks founder Julian Assange five times to reveal the sources of the leaked information he has published on the internet. A major tenet of American journalism is that reporters protect their sources. Wikileaks is certainly not a traditional news organization, but Greene's persistent attempts to get Assange to violate confidentiality was alarming, especially considering that there has been no challenge to the authenticity of the material in question." (08/17/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/08/17/npr-cant-accept-assange-protect-sources/  

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Ecuador: Assange to be questioned in London embassy

August 11, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Ecuador says a date for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in the British capital will be set 'in the coming weeks.' The development is a possible breakthrough in an impasse that has seen Assange holed up in Ecuador's embassy for more than four years. Assange sought political asylum at the embassy in June 2012 after he was accused of involvement in a suspected rape case in Sweden, an allegation he denies. He fears that if he is extradited to Sweden he will then be sent to the United States for prosecution over WikiLeaks'[s] publication of thousands of diplomatic letters." (08/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/11/ecuador-assange-questioned-london-embassy/88554800  

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