Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has stated in a televised interview that Julian Assange is now “more than a nuisance.” Granting him citizenship has failed to bring a solution. Assange still faces arrest for jumping bail. But Assange as a nuisance has been true from the beginning, his imposition is understood to be the tolerated because of a grave injustice.
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is accused of violating the terms of his asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, by interfering in the political affairs of other countries. But, it is what he does after all.
Recently, he has tweeted information and cryptic messages about Hillary Clinton and continues to expose her influence. The leaked Democratic National Committee emails were highly damaging and show a history of corruption.
Assange has also offered CBS $100,000 if the organization could prove that it is not “fake news.” He criticized the “controlling oligarchs” who own CBS, stating that reports about access through WikiLeaks of unpublished information are false.
Accusations about WikiLeaks and its founder’s interference in geopolitics is nothing new, as it is a primary goal of his willingness to publish and protect anonymous sources. Ecuador has been actively looking for a solution and mediator to help Assange to escape the embassy in Knightsbridge, a district of London.
The original charges of rape have been dropped by the Swedish authorities, a situation that Assange has been avoiding since 2012. But he remains in place over fears that he will be extradited over published leaks of secret U.S. military documents in 2010.
A government spokesperson from the United Kingdom has stated, “The Government of Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice.” The U. S. Attorney General has said that Assange’s arrest is a “priority.”
The self-described geopolitical analyst continues to communicate to the world through twitter. He asserts that he is being “detained without charge in violation of UN ruling WGAD/54/2015 ordering my freedom.” He often comments on American liberal corruption, recently poking fun at the ridiculous Russian narrative forwarded by the American media and Democratic leaders Senator Feinstein and Congressman Schiff.
Ecuador can not simply abandon Assange, who has been the subject of conspiracy theories and communication blackouts that fuel the intrigue of the whistleblower publisher. Last year he had a disruption in his internet access, and fears that he might be dead flooded the web. Assange assured the world that this was an attempt to discredit him and his website’s ability to operate.
He said: “People were placing falsified reports that I was dead so that people would feel we could not be trusted and so they would not give us information anymore.” The WikiLeaker’s personal twitter account has also for a brief time either been deleted or suspended. The account has since been restored.
More recently, Assange has been making headlines for negative reports about his poor hygiene. Embassy staff has reportedly complained that he does not seem to care about bathing or changing clothes. He is forced to share a bathroom with the staff.
Reports suggest that this is the original cause of the current push by the Ecuadoran government for a resolution to the matter. Requests for diplomatic status for Assange was not granted by the United Kingdom. At this time there does not seem to be any further talk on the subject.
Assange remains a controversial figure, and the revelations about individual politicians and government agencies have changed the course of history and certainly the election. His non-profit media organization’s motto is, “We Open Governments.” That is what he has done by securing anonymity for those who witness injustice, giving a voice to the people. It is a fine line that he walks between freedom and transparency, and the exposure of secrets that should remain hidden from public eye.
Only time will tell what will bring about an end to Assange’s “arbitrary detention” behind the walls of his small room that has become a prison. All of those who seek freedom from the oligarchical rule and the oppression of information are watching with bated breath. Mr. Assange may find that President Trump is more favorable to whistleblowers than the previous administration.