Ecuador cuts Assange’s election interference

The Ecuador government has said they have cut Julian Assange’s internet in their embassy so they won’t be helping him interfere in the US election.

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WikiLeaks had earlier said a “state party” had “intentionally severed” Assange’s internet access.

I think it is wise of Ecuador not to have anything to do with ongoing foreign interference in a country’s election.

 

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  1. patupaiarehe

     /  19th October 2016

    Fair enough for Equador to make that call. Cut him off from the embassy wifi. But surely he still has access to the mobile network? If he doesn’t, well that is something completely different….

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    • I wonder what the effect on his mental health is? He Iives in a shoebox and can’t go outside. 4 years since he’s felt the grass between his toes or the cold of the ocean. Now no internet. Without getting into what he’s guilty or not guilty of… Must be majorly psychologically debilitating! Even for a digital native.

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      • Gezza

         /  19th October 2016

        I might feel a bit more fondly toward him if Wikileaks also leaked confidential material from the governments or powerful individuals of countries like Russia, China, Turkey, etc. I couldn’t see anything on their website, unless I was looking in the wrong place.

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        • patupaiarehe

           /  19th October 2016

          I guess that depends on what one is looking for G. Based on my own research, wikileaks isn’t selective at all, they ‘shit’ on anyone who deserves it

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        • There’s no doubt WL coverage is one-sided. They’re also anti-Western Imperialism without, perhaps, understanding imperialism takes many shades and Russia/Iran are equally guilty of Imperialist actions as US. I wouldn’t mind so much if their positions covered all sides. Indeed it would be remarkably brave and wholly friendless to have taken that position! Trumps email servers and web assets are/were running the same software as HRCs personal web server, and it’s not like someone wouldn’t have tried to gain access and leak whatever Trumps got.

          Trump is old school though, and has been connected to the Jersey and NYC mobs for a long time. My stomach tells me he is mostly too smart to get caught outright, in text, outlining criminal or unethical positions. He tends to get caught out in other ways.

          WL has sunk to a new low in this US election cycle. Being co-opted by the Alt Right and losing the respect of their former supporters won’t go well for them. The alt right have supported WL in hopes of damaging material on HRC. They don’t support WL for anti-US Imperialism reasons. They’ll desert WL.

          I think Assange has cracked. He knows President HRC will have him swiftly tucked into her bosom, right or wrong, and he sees himself as too much of a hero to do a lag for his ‘moral convictions’.

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          • resterrestern

             /  19th October 2016

            They aren’t hackers, and they work on what they have, so if they do not get any leak from Donald, then they cannot work on it. It is pretty obvious! Hillary Clinton has been working on the US administration for many years, so it is easy to have more leaks from her because she was constantly exposed to hackers, activists, etc.. as all politicians do.

            Donald is a dumb Showman, and he has lesser things to hide because as a dumb himself, he tends to say things openly that others would hide.

            I am pretty sure that if Wikileaks had had leaks from Donald, then they would have worked on it, and released it. So if you are interested in Wikileaks to reveal Donald Trump Secrets, then you or other people could collaborate with them, by giving them some information to work on.

            (However, in my opinion, Donald is the new “Hitler” of our times, and I do not like him because I think he would be terrible as a president and would provoke many wars all across the world)

            I do think that all crimes must be exposed to the public opinion, and it does not matter who committed them. Everyone must know if Hillary committed crimes or not.

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          • Corky

             /  19th October 2016

            Trumps IQ is estimated at between 120-130 quotient points which makes him intellectually more capable than 92% of the general population.

            Hard to believe. But one thing is for sure- his street smarts are definitely superior to his electioneering skills.

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            • 100% agree, Corky. He’s a wiseguy, but not a made man. You seen the theory he’s starting his own media network after this? Apparently his son-in-law Jarod Kushner has taken some meetings with VCs to test the water. I’m not sure how such a venture would go… Could float but maybe not.

            • Corky

               /  19th October 2016

              ”He’s a wiseguy, but not a made man.” Love the gangster imagery.

              Re TV station. The critics seem to be split down the middle as to its viability. Hillary wouldn’t want TrumpTV. Her administration wouldn’t be able to fart without Trump reporting and distorting the issues. Strangely enough, the same thing Hillary is doing to Trump at present.

          • Taking issue with the passive language used here Ben. ” co-opted by alt-right” hardly describes the relationship of Wiki/Assange/Etc and what’s happening here. Nobody has ever co-opted Assange. I see everything playing out here as essentially the actions of a bitter, vengeful and isolated man, doing what he’s doing for himself. I believe that the only person Assange cares about is himself, and that everything he’s ever done has been about himself. This places him on an equal footing with both Clinton and Trump.

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        • resterrestern

           /  19th October 2016

          I invite you to look at Wikileaks.org again since they have leak secrets coming from those governments you have mentioned.I think you were looking in the wrong place.

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          • They have files from PRC cables, and SOME non-collection pubs on those Govts. The 99% bulk of things referring to those Govts are from USA cables and dumps though Patu? I.e. they’re not files/cables/dumps FROM Russia, they’re ABOUT Russia.

            The vast, vast majority of the WL collection is aimed at Western countries. As in 99.9% or higher.

            The exception is the AKP email archive (Turkey).

            Gezza does have a point. To me it doesn’t matter whether Assange is a bastard or not. He’s made himself a hero but doesn’t want to be martyred at any cost. ‘Hero’ figures tend to end up one way. Those who love the pedestal often find the fall unpalatable.

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            • resterrestern

               /  19th October 2016

              Suggest that Assange is Wikileaks is insane! As you must already know, he has been at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over 4 years, so that means that his work on Wikileaks is limited, apart from being the public face of the organization. There is a huge team of journalists behind Wikileaks working on its leaks every day.
              I do not believe in Heroes, I do believe in those, who aren’t visible but work pretty hard. Independently, if we like Assange or not! Don’t you think that if someone commits a crime it must be exposed to the public? (moreover coming from someone, who could run the country) or you support to hide their crimes?

            • I don’t support mob rule, and the public IQ average is insufficient to understand nuance and context. I support the Law and the Justice system first, then those who watch the watchers, and as a last resort calling to the public for sunlight. There are good reasons vigilantism is outlawed.

              Your proposition was very black or white. There are a trillion shades of grey.

          • patupaiarehe

             /  19th October 2016

            Yeah, rightyo you two…
            https://imgflip.com/i/1cj2z3

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  2. Wikileaks isn’t strapped for cash, why don’t they simply send Assange a laptop with mobile data capability?

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