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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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David Libra

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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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David Libra

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:42 am
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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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