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A US journalist found herself locked in a cold, surveilled room within the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Monday, while a furious Julian Assange argued with embassy officials who had barred him from entering the room unless he submitted to a "full-body search and continuous surveillance," according to an account which has been confirmed by WikiLeaks and Assange's legal team.
The journalist, Gateway Pundit's Cassandra Fairbanks, has now visited Assange three times in the past year - reporting deteriorating conditions with each trip.
Ecuador - WikiLeaks - Founder - Asylum - London
Ecuador granted the WikiLeaks founder asylum in their London embassy in 2012 on the grounds that his extradition to Sweden for a now-dropped sexual assault investigation would likely result in him being sent to the United States, where he could face the death penalty over publishing secret American documents. While Sweden dropped their investigation in 2017, the WikiLeaks founder still faces immediate arrest in the UK for breaching his bail in 2010.
Ecuador's former president, Rafael Correa, has denounced Assange's treatment under the care of the new Moreno administration as "torture," as his communications with the outside world have been virtually eliminated, and his voice effectively silenced from public discourse.
Assange - Treatment - Guests - Fairbanks
Assange's oppressive treatment, and that of his guests, was more evident than ever to Fairbanks:
The crackdown on visitors was felt before I even entered the embassy. It’s the third time I’ve visited in the past year, and each time the atmosphere seems progressively worse.
Fairbanks - Tense - Standoff - Assange - Staff
Fairbanks detailed the tense standoff between Assange and embassy staff, after they insisted he submit to a full body scan and continuous surveillance during the meeting.
Via the Gateway Pundit:
Staff - Conference - Room - Cameras - Table
After being searched, the staff directed me into the conference room, where two large visible cameras were pointed at the table. Those were there last time too. I knew the drill — or so I...
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