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Ecuador Issues Assange A Passport As Plan Develops To Remove Him From London Safely

Friday, January 12, 2018 9:42
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by Jerome Corsi, Infowars:

Ecuador announcement covers Assange relocation to Switzerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ecuadorian government today issuedJulian Assange an official identification number, #1729926483, in an announcement that called him a citizen of Ecuador and pledged to work with the international community to find safe passage for Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

In an official statement, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility announced that the government of Ecuador “will continue to seek solutions, in strict adherence to the norms and procedures of international law, in coordination with the United Kingdom, a country with which the best relations of friendship and cooperation are maintained.”

Today, Assange broke ten days of silence by tweeting a photograph of himself wearing a yellow jersey from the Ecuadorian Marathon FEF football team, strongly suggesting his enthusiasm that the Ecuadorian government has chosen to play a positive role in finding a way for Assange to leave his current asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Trump cleared path for Assange to leave London

On Jan. 4, reported the Trump administration had cleared a path for Assange to leave London, marked by a motion filled with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Dec. 29, 2017. In the case Roy Cockrum vs. Donald J. Trump for President, Trump’s attorneys argued that Julian Assange had a right under the First Amendment to publish the DNC and John Podesta emails, even if the emails were stolen.

The case was orchestrated by Project Democracy, a group run by former attorneys from the Obama administration, arguing that then former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone had conspired with the Russians to publish the DNC and Podesta emails.

On Jan. 2, WikiLeaks posted a tweet announcing the U.S. government had ended its eight-year-long grand jury proceedings against WikiLeaks that was expanded in 2017 to cover the WikiLeaks various “Vault” releases on CIA spy technology.

The WikiLeaks tweet referenced a State Department press conference held that day, Jan. 2, 2018, in which State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a press briefing made a strong statement regarding freedom of speech that was couched in a reference to Iran.

The WikiLeaks tweet confirmed the State Department reference to freedom of speech in Iran was a coded communication intended to extend the umbrella of free speech and press rights to WikiLeaks in a clear reversal of the policy in which both CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Sessions have argued that arresting Julian Assange is a priority. It is not clear that Assange violated national security laws, even if it can be shown he published classified U.S. national security documents.

Specifically, Nauert said the following:

“We support a freedom of the press here in the United States. We support the right of voices to be heard. And when a nation clamps down on social media or websites or Google or news sites, we ask the question, “What are you afraid of?” What are you afraid of? We support the Iranian people and we support their voices being heard.”

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