The world’s worst couch surfer was evicted after seven years:
That perp-walk scene reminds me of the video of Saddam Hussein being dragged out of his hidey-hole.
Some snippets from The Post article on the arrest:
Ecuador, which took Assange in when he was facing a Swedish rape investigation in 2012, said it was rescinding asylum because he of his “discourteous and aggressive behavior” and for violating the terms of his asylum…
London’s Metropolitan Police carried out the Thursday morning arrest and said in a statement that they were “invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.” In response, the Russian government accused Britain of “strangling freedom” by taking custody of Assange.
“Strangling freedom” is pretty rich coming from the Russian government. The metaphor could have been more unintentionally ironic — they could have accused Britain of “driving freedom to commit suicide by shooting itself in the head three times and then flinging its despondent body over a balcony railing to the pavement 10 floors below.” Anyhoo, the Russian government’s pet gerbil also spoke up:
From Moscow, fugitive American former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden described the scene of Assange’s arrest as a violation of press freedom. “Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of — like it or not — award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books,” Snowden wrote on Twitter. “Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.”
That Snowden called the London cops who came at the invitation of the Ecuadoran embassy to evict Assange “the UK’s secret police” is a good indicator of the level of hysteria this arrest has evoked from Assange’s dwindling number of defenders. But in the end, the “discourteous and aggressive” couch surfer simply wore out his welcome:
“I think [Ecuadoran President Moreno] has never been comfortable with Assange in the embassy,” [political consultant Sebastián Hurtado] said. “And it’s not like this is an important issue for most Ecuadorans. To be honest, we really don’t care about Assange.”
So, what happens next? The folks who reserve their harshest condemnations of the U.S. government for Democratic administrations — a crowd that when combined with Assange groupies forms a perfect circle in a Venn diagram — may get an object lesson in the difference between Democratic and Republican Party governance.
Trump confessed his love for Wikileaks almost daily in the run-up to the election, and Assange corresponded fondly with Trump Jr. But now that the Trump people are in power, it could be they’ve forgotten the little people who got them there. Compare and contrast:
In the last administration, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. decided against pursuing prosecution of Assange out of concern that WikiLeaks’ argument that it is a journalistic organization would raise thorny First Amendment issues and set an unwelcome precedent.
The Trump administration, however, revisited the question of prosecuting members of WikiLeaks, and last November a court filing error revealed that Assange had been charged under seal… [I]n April 2017, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, characterized WikiLeaks as a “nonstate hostile intelligence service” and a threat to U.S. national security.
Today, it’s arguable that no one has a bigger interest in shutting Assange up than Trump. How ironic if the candidate Wikileaks and its fan club championed as a refreshing alternative to the “hawkish” Clinton ends up “disappearing” their hero.
UPDATE: Breaking news from The Post:
BREAKING: A U.S. federal court unsealed an indictment Thursday against Assange charging him with a single count of conspiracy to disclose classified information that could be used to injure the United States.
PARIS — British authorities arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday in response to a U.S. extradition request after Ecuador rescinded his asylum at its embassy in London, ending a standoff that lasted nearly seven years.
London’s Metropolitan Police said a statement that Assange was “arrested on behalf of the United States authorities” and would “appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as possible.”
Assange and crew thought helping a transnational white nationalist movement fomented by Russia to meddle in Western democracies would usher in more “freedom.” Boy was he ever wrong!
As he was dragged out of the embassy, Assange was shouting “RESIST!” at the crowd. If indeed he is extradited here, Assange may find it challenging to motivate the U.S. resistance to the Trump regime to agitate on his behalf, seeing as how he was so instrumental in saddling us with these incompetent fascist wannabes in the first place.
Speaking only for myself, fuck that guy. He’s reaping what he sowed. I’ll reserve my efforts for Trump victims who didn’t help put a racist, sexist, xenophobic demagogue in charge of my country.