Julian Assange Marks 2nd Year In Ecuador's Embassy

Above: Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hold a vigil outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to mark his two years in refuge at the embassy, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Julian Assange entered the embassy in June 2012 to gain political asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes, which he denies.(AP Photo/Sang Tan) The Associated Press

Below An Amazing Infographic Of The Assange Story

LONDON (AP) — The gathering at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London has the feel of something which may become an annual fixture.

For the second time in as many years, journalists were invited Thursday to the embassy to mark the anniversary of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange‘s stay there — a bid to escape extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over allegations of sexual misconduct, and to the United States, where an investigation into WikiLeaks’ dissemination of hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents remains live.

Assange crucifiedSupporters — including one with a figure of Assange on a crucifix — chanted slogans outside the embassy. Inside, Assange said he has no intention of going to Sweden because he has no guarantee he wouldn’t subsequently be sent to the U.S.

Dressed in a suit and sneakers and appearing relaxed, he traded pleasantries with Ecuadorean Foreign Ministe Ricardo Patino as reporters crowded around to listen in on the banter.

“I can see that your beard is longer now,” Patino joked via videolink from Ecuador, referring to Assange’s wispy white stubble. Assange in turn paid tribute to Ecuador’s “robust resistance” to pressure from outside powers — which he said is why “I have a liberty to work today.”

Assange had been under a form of supervised release in the U.K., but shortly after losing his battle in Britain’s highest court he jumped bail and applied for asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy on June 19, 2012.

British police on guard outside the embassy have orders to arrest him should he ever step out.

That doesn’t seem likely.

Patino told journalists that negotiations with Britain over Assange’s fate were at an impasse and that there would be no attempt to force him back to Sweden.

“We will protect Julian Assange for as long as necessary,” he said.

Below is an infographic by Sommerset Bean describing the history that led to Julian Assange being held in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Assange infographic 2 year anniversry

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  • Tom Edwards


    02 49754585

    Today is a day of remembrance – so let us remember the forgotten
    Australian, Julian Assange.

    pass this on to you, partly out of disgust at the turpitude of the American CIA
    and other agencies- which at times borders on the Kafkaesque; and partly
    because it also serves to add weight to my plea for a successful conclusion of
    the Julian Assange fiasco . There can be no person who is unaware of the
    baseness and lawlessness of these American (and others) institutions that
    continuously flout American and international laws and are indeed a law unto
    themselves. Julian Assange is a man who risked his life and safety to expose,
    amongst others, the outrageous flaunting of all laws of decency, corruption,
    mendacity and cruelty of governments – especially American. Time
    passes and Assange’s incarceration in a foreign embassy fades from this
    government ‘s memory; however there are many of us who hold dear his fight to
    expose those things that should never have happened. Get Assange back in
    Australia and honour his efforts without fear of repercussions from the
    There can be absolutely no doubt these obscene American institutes need to have their powers curbed. Just a query regarding the Julian Assange saga that one of you may take the time to clarify for me.
    Am I correct in assuming that it is perfectly acceptable for the Americans, and other countries secret services, to torture and rape prisoners in defiance of the UN Charter Against Torture as long as it is not made public?
    Am I correct in assuming that it is quite acceptable to undermine the legitimate governments of South American states – which has on occasion included assassination – if it is kept secret?

    I read about many countries , including Canada, UK, and America amongst others, deporting prisoners to places where torture is sanctioned and of CIA hit squads and of political murders – all of course strictly listed as ‘Top Secret’. Is this acceptable to you personally?
    Most of you will fight for the freedom of the press and fight mightily against any perceived gagging of reporters, yet as far as I can ascertain none of you have the guts to raise your voice in support of Julian Assange. Here is a man who has dedicated his life (possibly literally) to defend the right to expose
    corruption in high places; a man who has set up an information machine
    dedicated to exposing cruelty, corruption, mendacity and arrogance in
    governments and covert organisations around the world – yet not one of you are prepared to stand up and be counted.

    Australia has always toadied to the Americans but do we have to sacrifice one of our own to prove our continued alliance?

    In the past I have listened to many politicians asserting that we need ‘open
    government’, a government with no hidden agendas, a government open to scrutiny, one that is answerable to the electorate – what happened to those ideals? Could I suggest that you examine your conscience and do something to help this man before it is too late. Over many years I have read of our politicians, namely our foreign ministers of all parties, going to great lengths to assist Australians in many countries around the world who have been accused of a variety of criminal acts; from murder, rape, drug smuggling and violence. Yet we now have an Australian who has committed none of these foul crimes yet apparently is beyond any assistance.

    Julian Assange did not kill anybody nor commit any major crime yet he has been abandoned by the Australian government. What he has done is to expose corruption in high places; he has exposed the mendacity of governments, politicians and high fliers and shone a light on the murky machinations of international governments; he should be awarded a medal not persecuted. You are all aware of the great lengths to which those who were exposed will go to remove Assange permanently from the scene. You are also well aware that if he is extradited to Sweden the Americans will get him transferred to America where many politicians and others have declared openly that they will try him for treason and execute him – yet you do nothing. I have little doubt that the charges levied against Assange have been orchestrated by the Americans, knowing full well that they have an extradition treaty with Sweden – extraditing him to Sweden will undoubtedly mean a death sentence – yet you do nothing. I have always had confidence that the Australian government will always assist Australians in trouble – why aren’t you helping Assange?
    Tom Edwards