Julian Assange, founder of notorious document-leaking site WikiLeaks, has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past five years, but he may soon lose the asylum the Ecuadorian government has granted him, which would open him to being arrested and prosecuted by multiple governments for a variety of alleged crimes.
The Ecuadorian foreign minister recently indicated that the government may revoke Assange’s asylum because of comments he recently made about some of Ecuador’s allies, including the Spanish government for their treatment of the Catalans in their independence movement.
According to Business Insider, Assange became a kind of international spokesman for the independence movement. In his tweets, written in both Catalan and Spanish, he advocated for secessionism and “self-determination” against Madrid’s oppression.
Assange’s support for the Catalans outraged the Spanish government, and Ecuador’s President stepped into the fray by reminding Assnage that he had no place in advocating for the independence movement.
“We have reminded Mr Assange that he has no reason to interfere in Ecuadorian politics because his status does not allow it. Nor in that of nations that are our friends,” President Lenin Moreno stated.
“He does not have the right to do so and he has committed himself to this.”
The foreign ministry also warned him not to make statements that could damage Ecuadorian-Spanish relations. Yet Assange continued to support Catalan independence.
For that, he may end up paying the price of his political asylum, the New York Post is now reporting.
The country’s foreign minister indicated Tuesday that her government is actively seeking someone to take the outspoken refugee off its hands, given the “untenable” situation.
The foreign minister stated that they are working on getting a “third-party mediator” to solve the problem between Assange and the government. It is unknown who that mediator is.
If Ecuador revokes asylum for him, it is entirely likely that he would be extradited and sent to the United States for trial. The charges against him would reach from the London Embassy all the way to Washington.
One of the most shocking releases from WikiLeaks was the fact that the CIA has tools to hack into literally anyone’s webcams and smart TV’s.
Dumbo is a capability to suspend processes utilizing webcams and corrupt any video recordings that could compromise a PAG deployment. The PAG (Physical Access Group) is a special branch within the CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence); its task is to gain and exploit physical access to target computers in CIA field operations.
Dumbo can identify, control and manipulate monitoring and detection systems on a target computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system. It identifies installed devices like webcams and microphones, either locally or connected by wireless (Bluetooth, WiFi) or wired networks. All processes related to the detected devices (usually recording, monitoring or detection of video/audio/network streams) are also identified and can be stopped by the operator. By deleting or manipulating recordings the operator is aided in creating fake or destroying actual evidence of the intrusion operation.
With a leak of that kind, it’s no wonder that the entire intelligence community wants Assange’s head on a platter. That notwithstanding, should we not at least consider the shocking revelations that WikiLeaks has doled out over the years? In spite of the hacking, what they’ve found is arguably much worse.
What do you think? Should Assange be prosecuted if he’s released from the Ecuadorian embassy?