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David Libra

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:08 pm
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Judge rules no extradition – not for any of the actual relevant reasons, but due to Assange’s poor health and perceived suicide risk. Consider me to have fallen off my chair! Unclear whether he’ll be released immediately or whether the US will appeal and drag this on, but this is already a huge relief.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:58 pm
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Can’t wait for the new avatar!
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David Libra

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:45 am
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Me too! He’s not out of the woods yet, though...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:19 am
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Interesting decision, my reading is that basically he should face trial on the charges but can't go because he's a suicide risk.
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David Libra

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:17 am
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^ Yep, that's it. Pretty cold comfort for anyone worried about the (substantial) implications of this case on journalism. Caitlin Johnstone put it pretty succinctly:

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/the-assange-extradition-ruling-is

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The message of the empire here was essentially "We totally coulda extradited you if we wanted, but you're too crazy," which sounds a lot like the international diplomacy equivalent of "I could kick your ass but you're not worth it."

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:27 am
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Looking forward to seeing what he gets up to if/when they release him.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:11 am
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One could forgive him for wanting to take a long break from Wikileaks and everything else, but I suspect that's the last thing he'd want to do.

Looking ahead, President López Obrador has tentatively offered Assange political asylum in Mexico, so at least it looks like he'll have some safe harbours once he gets the #@$% out of the UK (as he should at first opportunity, hopefully with family in tow).

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Mexico a safe haven??

Even drug lords with their fortresses and die for them bodyguards are not safe , I’d suggest Mexico would be the last place he’d be safe. Black ops, CIA, yeah nah

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Yeah, a little too close for comfort on the latter front, that's for sure. The place isn't all the wild west (I'm guessing Mexico City is a lot safer than the provinces, for instance), but I can imagine Mexico wouldn't exactly be his first choice.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:56 pm
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Happy 2 Year Thread Anniversary -- NOT !!

Still in maximum security prison rots our Melbourne Walkely-winning journalist.

As Aussie as Eureka is Julian with 1000x the punch.

Shame establishment Shame.
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Thanks for the thread bump, CC. A great interview with his partner, Stella Moris, was just published here, incidentally:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/apr/11/britain-risks-damaging-reputation-by-keeping-julian-assange-in-jail-says-partner-stella-moris

Stella Moris wrote:
Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, said the difference between China and the US is that China puts its critics in prison. I am not sure the British government is aware of how much international criticisms it is facing over this issue, or the damage it is doing to its soft power reputation. It’s a tool to whack the UK again and again. It is the perfect response for authoritarian leaders when they are criticised by the UK, or pressed to release political prisoners, ‘what about Julian Assange?’

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The Australian Government have been equally as weak as piss on this and condemned.

Close the $$%^%%$ embassies and sack the foreign ministers if they want to do SFA

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:24 am
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What happened to his cat?
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5 from the wing on debut wrote:
What happened to his cat?


https://twitter.com/NeVa_DuNN502/status/644612477209190400/photo/1

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David Libra

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:44 am
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5 from the wing on debut wrote:
What happened to his cat?


To quote from the article I posted on page 1:

Guy Rundle wrote:
Outside the court, journos joked about the usual Assange scuttlebutt — his cat, his socks, etc — and essentially validated every critique of mainstream media that WikiLeaks has ever made: that the profession is full of natural sycophants, who spruik cynicism and call it even-handedness, who speak power to truth, who wilfully mistake the adrenaline rush of the micro-scoop and the petty scandal for genuine contestation.


What Rundle failed to mention is that journalists are far from the only natural sycophants out there...

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