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URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« on: June 20, 2012, 00:42:31 AM »
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Friends of Wikileaks issue this urgent statement of support for Julian Assange's request for asylum with the Ecuadorian Embassy.
 

The context of Julian Assange’s house arrest and, now, extradition to Sweden cannot be disassociated  from the backlash that  been created by

his important and radical work with WikiLeaks. There are a numerous inconsistencies in this case that deserve our attention (www.justice4assange.com). Inconsistencies in due process relating to the issue of the EAW and Red Notice, the release by the Swedish Police of selective witness statements to tabloid press, the re-opening of the case by a second prosecutor in Sweden after a first prosecutor threw the case off, etc etc; all actions that permeate political interference and intent  and which we believe are a reaction against WikiLeaks' work in promoting transparency and human rights through radical, independent, heroic journalism.


Swedish media are trying to assert that the reason Mr. Assange must be extradited now is because Swedish law dictates that someone must be on Swedish soil in order for formal charges to be laid. But it is also true under Swedish law that a prosecutor cannot take the decision to charge until the preliminary investigation and all questioning therein has been completed. In having already taken the decision to charge Mr. Assange, Marianne Ny is breaking Swedish law. It is intolerable that in a case such as this an investigating prosecutor would decide to charge before even hearing one side's version of events and is a contradiction of intent on behalf of the investigating prosecutor.


Some Mainstream Media have been expressing prejudicial intent. For example even today Tom McCarthy at the Guardian live Blog states "Julian Assange, who was to be extradited from UK to Sweden to face sexual crime charges, seeks asylum under UN charter" http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jun/19/julian-assange-asylum-ecuadorian-embassy?newsfeed=true. But the fact is that Julian Assange has not been charged, and we have to ask the question why this inaccuracy in reporting persists if there is no intent to prejudice. There are hundreds of articles that mention the same. Even the UK Supreme Court  had to correct its own statement: paragraph 83 of the judgment refers to offences of which Mr Assange “stands charged”. This is not accurate as charges have not been brought  against Mr Assange. The judgment will be corrected to read “offences in  respect of which his extradition is sought”."http://www.supremecourt.gov.uk/news/julian-assange-v-swedish-prosecution-authority.html.  How can this allow for  a fair trial where his basic human rights are safeguarded?


If he is extradited to Sweden, we know that he awaits incommunicado detention for an indefinite amount of time. For a man who has not been charged with any crime in any country, FoWL consider this arbitrary and unlawful detention and thus a violation of European Convention on Human Rights. Moreover, once he is extradited to Sweden, the danger of his further extradition  to the USA looms. It has emerged through the release of internal emails  by the US private intelligence service Stratfor that the USA have issued  a sealed indictment against Mr. Assange over a year ago. There is also a  secret Grand Jury against WikiLeaks going on at the moment, attempting  to charge Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act, and his death has been called for by key US officials.

The situation deserves to be read in its entirety- a media organisation providing the means for the publication of whistle-blower media and an award-winning journalist with an ethos deeply anchored in human rights activism are being attacked for serving one of the most important functions in a democratic society - that of mapping the terrain so that we, as active and engaged citizens, can navigate democracy.


We have seen in the WikiLeaks revelations how international politics and diplomacy work. One story for the public, but the reality is very different. We understand this case as politicized and we see that Governments in Australia, Sweden, US as well in the UK, are hiding behind "judicial proceedings" trying in public to "wash their hands off" any responsibility but are acting in a political manner. Behind closed doors they plan, negotiate and agree on a political and diplomatic level the fate of a man whose work they view as damaging to their perceived interests. Bradley Manning's treatment is evident for all to see, his freedom taken his human right trampled upon. We bring forward into the open the claim that this is a political issue however it is disguised.  Freedom for Information requests come back with very little information in most of the countries involved. We want this to stop. We want transparency in government dealings regarding this case.


To the Ecuadorian Embassy we say, we welcome your consideration of Mr. Assange's asylum request and urge you to accept. We appreciate the bravery your country will show in standing up to defend his human rights. The UK Government has failed to take a clear position on the plight of Julian Assange, despite there being clear concerns about the manner in which the European Arrest Warrant has been issued and executed and despite there being room for the UK Government to overturn the UK Supreme Court decision. We believe it is most imperative that the safety of Julian Assange and the vital work he engages in are protected.


Yours faithfully,


the Global FoWL (Friends of WikiLeaks)

(Disclaimer: FoWL are an independent collective of WikiLeaks supporters. Please note that we are not affiliated with WikiLeaks and consequently WikiLeaks cannot be held accountable for any of FoWL's statements or actions.)
« Last Edit: June 20, 2012, 12:09:47 PM by anon1984 »
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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 01:19:22 AM »
done  ;)

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 01:24:14 AM »
Also sent on behalf of FFMFoWL.

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 01:25:34 AM »
FFMFoWL, I posted on your facebook ;)
[The] truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.
- Winston Churchill

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« Last Edit: June 20, 2012, 02:50:25 AM by fubar »

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2012, 08:04:32 AM »
Done!:-)
I hope it will help!!!

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 08:51:25 AM »
WL Central say that emails to the embassy have been bouncing- anyone had problems? Ours seemed to go through fine

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012, 09:48:59 AM »
Done!

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2012, 09:58:16 AM »
Yes mine have been bouncing back!!!

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2012, 10:09:50 AM »
Thats odd. You can use the contact form: http://www.ecuadorembassyuk.org.uk/contact

but check for typo's? [email protected]

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2012, 10:23:06 AM »
Thank you!!! I had been sending it to the list of emails posted above, but this one in particular does work, cheers

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2012, 12:50:35 PM »
I had no problem with my e-mail bouncing back!
I send it on this mail address: [email protected] (London)

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2012, 13:04:48 PM »
yeah done
If injustice becomes law.......resistance becomes duty.

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2012, 13:24:53 PM »
facebook fan page for FoWL.like this page nd keep posting https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfWikileaksFowl?skip_nax_wizard=true 
If injustice becomes law.......resistance becomes duty.

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Re: URGENT - FoWL letter to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2012, 13:35:16 PM »
Done !!! and also this personal appeal :

The Embassador
The Embassy of Ecuador
London

Representing the government and people of Ecuador

Dear Sir,

I am writing in regard to the recent application from Julian Assange to seek political asylum in the state of Ecuador.

As a UK citizen, I urge you to receive and accept Mr Assange’s request for political asylum.

We have all seen in recent years, the progress and achievements of the people of Ecuador. The countries great struggle against the shackles of capitalist imperialism, and its’ valiant attempts to redirect Ecuador as a haven of peace, free speech, and liberty. President Correa himself is held up as a hero in the continuing rise of the popularist governments of many South American countries.

I sincerely hope that you will attempt to continue this recent tradition of Ecuador being a bastion of progressive, unfettered government, by standing whole-heartedly behind one of the worlds foremost advocates of open and transparent governance.

The eyes of the world now fall on the government and people of Ecuador.
Will they fall in line with the corrupt, secretive, manipulative regimes of yester-year ? Or is the country truly ready to declare itself as the worlds leading light in the progress toward a fairer, more equitable, and transparent society ?

These are difficult questions. But Ecuador has in recent years shown that it is not afraid of making bold and controversial decisions based on justice and liberty. I hope with all my heart that your country can continue to be a beacon of hope in a world of deceit and corruption by accepting Julian Assange’s request for political asylum

I thank you for taking the time to read my submission.

Arius Schlafendwolf
20th June 2012
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