Is Julian Assange alive? For weeks, the internet has been awash with claims that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been assassinated or renditioned to the U.S. by the CIA. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than four-years. Assange ‘went dark” in mid-October after WikiLeaks began releasing the Clinton and Podesta emails. The embassy cut Assange’s internet access, claiming that they did so because Assange was interfering in the U.S. presidential election. WikiLeaks and Assange had claimed that they had information that would be extremely damaging to Hillary Clinton.
The Guardian reports that many believe that Secretary of State, John Kerry, put pressure on Ecuador to remove Assange’s internet access after he met with Ecuadorian officials.
Assange has been concerned for his own safety for some time, but those fears spread after it was believed he had been the subject of an assassination attempt. The Mirror reported in August that Ecuadorian officials were “furious” with British security forces after an attempt on Assange’s life.
“In this case, the security of the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK is the responsibility of the British authorities. The Ecuadorian Government therefore expresses its concern about the inadequate response by the British authorities, who only arrived at the embassy more than two hours after the incident took place.”
“The Government of Ecuador regrets that, despite the enormous resources that the British government has undertaken to prevent Julian Assange leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, the authorities did not respond more quickly to this extremely serious attempt an unauthorized entry.”
In October, WikiLeaks expressed concern that “heavily armed police” had surrounded the Ecuadorian Embassy where Assange has been granted political asylum.
PHOTO: Heavily armed 'police' appear outside Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Julian Assange has political asylum (photo, Tuesday morning) pic.twitter.com/EOfsrmi3t2— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 21, 2016
Later the same day the BBC reported that London City airport was closed as the result of a “chemical incident.” Later the same day the metropolitan Police released a statement saying that a search of the airport had led to the discovery of “a CS gas canister.
Given that Assange disappeared from public view immediately after these incidents it is widely suspected that Assange has been renditioned by the CIA. Some have claimed that the CIA’s notorious “Guantanamo express” flew out of London to a U.S. military base in North Carolina.
So, Where Is Julian Assange?
Today is the sixth anniversary of the nightmare that Julian Assange’s life has become. Today Wikileaks has given the strongest hint yet that Assange may still be alive and inside the Ecuadorian embassy. The Independent reports that WikiLeaks has chosen today to publish the full transcript of Assange’s testimony to Swedish prosecutors.
The release is accompanied by a covering letter written by Assange in which he asserts that he has never been charged with any crime.
“Six years ago today, on 7 December 2010, I was handcuffed and locked into Wandsworth prison by order of a Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny. I had not and still have not been charged with an offence.”
“I am entirely innocent. I was already cleared of exactly this allegation in 2010 by the Chief Prosecutor of Stockholm, Eva Finne, who closed the case.”
“In February this year the United Nations found that Prosecutor Ny has caused Sweden and the UK to breach their international human rights obligations. The UN found that her actions are subjecting me to ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’ and an unlawful deprivation of liberty which must immediately cease.”
“On 30 November the United Nations re-affirmed its decision in relation to my case.”
The transcript of Assange’s testimony can be read on the Justice For Assange website. If all is taken to be as it seems, Assange’s release of the transcript and covering letter seems to indicate that Assange is alive and still within the Ecuadorian embassy.
Julian Assange defies Swedish prosecutors by releasing rape statement https://t.co/ZffbhcWFSz— Guardian news (@guardiannews) December 7, 2016
It may well remain the case, that many people won’t believe that Assange is safe until they see him on the balcony of the embassy. Assange must be aware of the concerns for his safety, so people are wondering why Julian doesn’t just show himself to kill the rumors.
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