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    Julian Assange moved out of solitary confinement after fellow inmates protested

    Imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly been moved out of solitary confinement in the medical wing of Belmarsh Prison, thanks to a revolt by fellow inmates who petitioned the prison and demanded he receive fair treatment.

    Assange is currently imprisoned in London’s highest security prison awaiting a trial, which begins next month, to determine if he will be extradited to the United States.

    Assange faces charges under the Espionage Act in the United States for his publication of the Iraq and Afghan War Logs. If extradited and convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 175 years for the “crime” of publishing material that the US government did not want the population to know.

    In a video announcement, WikiLeaks Ambassador Joseph Farrell explained that “in a dramatic climbdown, authorities at Belmarsh Prison have moved Julian Assange from solitary confinement in the medical wing and relocated him to an area with other inmates. The move is a huge victory for Assange’s legal team and for campaigners who have been insisting for weeks that the prison authorities must end the punitive treatment of Assange.”

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    Awesome! Now if the Brits would just tell the US to take a hike.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Awesome! Now if the Brits would just tell the US to take a hike.......
    They are trying to keep him out of the US bc if he comes here he will testify against the deep state and help trump take them out.

    They would prefer him dead and gone, hence the treatment. He would be far better off coming here.

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    Trump has been all over the place on Wiki Leaks and Assange. In 2010, he said Assange should get the death penalty. In 2016, he said "I love Wiki Leaks" because they put out info on his opponent. More recently, he denied knowing anything about Wiki Leaks after Assange was arrested. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” Trump said. “It’s not my thing.” He only likes people when they can do something for him.

    When Donald Trump was in Ohio, he declared: “Boy, I love reading WikiLeaks.” In Michigan, he proclaimed: “This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove.” In Pennsylvania, he confessed: “WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks.”

    It was the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and Trump was WikiLeaks’ number one salesman. But on Thursday, with the website’s founder Julian Assange under arrest, the US president was singing a different tune. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” Trump said. “It’s not my thing.”

    The jarring shift illustrated, critics say, the shameless opportunism and hypocrisy of president. Whether it hints at anything about his alleged links to Russia remains altogether murkier.

    Matthew Miller, former director of public affairs at the justice department, said: “His ethics have always been situational at best so I’m not surprised he’s out disclaiming any knowledge. He has no concern about the broader ethics of any situation, only what’s best for him. It’s pretty simple, really.”

    The anti-secrecy site was once lionised by the left for holding the American political establishment and military industrial complex up to the light. In 2010 it released, in cooperation with publications including the Guardian, more than a quarter of a million classified cables from American embassies around the world.

    Back then, Republicans expressed fury at Assange. Trump himself said: “I think it’s disgraceful. I think it should be like death penalty or something.

    Just six years later, it was a very different story. WikiLeaks came to be seen as a tool of the Trump election campaign as, with his explicit encouragement, it published emails from Democrats believed to have been stolen by Russian intelligence operatives.

    In July 2016, a dump of Democratic National Committee material appeared designed to embarrass Hillary Clinton on the eve of the party convention. In October, emails hacked from Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, were published just minutes after the release of a video in which Trump was caught boasting about groping women.

    Seizing the gift, candidate Trump cited WikiLeaks 141 times at 56 events, according to a count by NBC News. He was breezy and blase about how the hacked emails were obtained. A poster of Assange hung backstage at his debate war room, the Associated Press reported.

    The relationship between the campaign and WikiLeaks – and indeed Russia – remains shrouded in mystery. Behind the scenes, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr, was in direct communication with WikiLeaks in the final stages of the 2016 campaign.
    As for Assange himself, he claimed to remain neutral in 2016. Asked by Democracy Now whether he wanted Clinton or Trump to win, he memorably replied: “You’re asking me, do I prefer cholera or gonorrhea?”

    And once Trump won election, WikiLeaks quickly fell out of favour. The president told the Associated Press in 2017 that he did not “support or unsupport” its release of the hacked emails. Asked whether Assange should be arrested, he replied: “I am not involved in that decision, but if they want to do it, it’s OK with me.”
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