Update: Julian Assange Arrested Partly For United States Extradition Warrant

Further to our early morning report of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being arrested, new developments are piecing more of the picture together.

A lawyer for Julian Assange has just confirmed that he has partly been arrested in relation to a request for extradition to the United States. This is further to reports that his arrest related to breaching bail conditions and for breaching asylum conditions of not engaging in political activity.

Jen Robinson took to Twitter with the confirmation stating that Assange’s arrest and removal from the Ecuadorian embassy was “not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request.”

Interestingly, it appears Trump’s administration continued its attack on WikiLeaks and Assange as we find out through a subsequent tweet by Robinson that the extradition warrant “was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning” in early 2010.

For those that have been following us for a while, us seeing this further confirms what we have been saying about the current Trump admin, they are breaking down aspects of the shadow government, but don’t expect it to all be what you want to see, because it’s not. More on this later.

WikiLeaks official Twitter account tweeted the following:

War crimes indeed. If you recall the “Collateral Murder” video that WikiLeaks released to the public, it showed Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as a US Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad after they are apparently assumed to be insurgents. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths occurred. Worse, soldiers are heard laughing and having a blast as they conduct this mission like it was a video game.

Should someone be arrested for releasing such material? It was Chelsea Manning who provided Assange with the footage. She spent 7 years of a 35 year prison sentence in jail until she was granted clemency. In 2019, she refused to testify against WikiLeaks and was put back in jail until she agrees to testify. Who knows what Assange will face.

The Takeaway

Two good-hearted people wanting to show the world truth about what their governments are doing are turned into public enemies and have to hide away to avoid persecution. One ends up being sentenced to 35 years in prison while the other has now just been arrested. How does this feel for you to find out? Are these the politicians we want to support? Is this a system we want to support? Maybe it’s time we begin having the conversation about what a new system can look like instead of blindly adhering to the old and thinking it is all that is possible.

If you want to explore that conversation of a new system more deeply, listen to my latest podcast episode for the Collective Evolution Show here.

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