founder Julian Assange lashed out at the UK government over
Twitter on Friday after Britain's official UN account (UK
Mission to the United Nations) tweeted "A free and
independent media fulfils a vital role in holding the
powerful to account and giving a voice to the powerless,"
with a link to a puff
piece waxing eloquent over the UK's commitment to
- apparently not included in the UK's definition of "free
and independent media" (facing arrest and
detention should he leave the Embassy), fired off
a stunning reply - claiming that the UK's has spent roughly
twice as much spying on him as it has on their entire
international human rights program.
that is exactly why you have detained me without charge
for eight years in violation of two UN rulings and spent
over 20 million pounds spying on me you hypocritical
mother fuckers. Your entire international human rights
programme is £10.6m you pathetic frauds."
then followed up with "Remember
how I exposed your secret deal to put Saudi Arabia on the
Human Rights Council?" referring to a 2015
vote-trading deal in which the UK approached Saudi
Arabia in secret, promising it a seat on the UN Human Rights
Council in exchange for council support.
46, remains confined in the Ecuadorian embassy in
London following a failed
appeal of his arrest warrant for
skipping bail to enter the embassy in 2012 to avoid
extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault
(which Sweden has dropped).
UN, meanwhile, has twice ruled that Assange's detention is
unlawful. Despite this, the judge in his most recent appeal
- Emma Arbuthnot, who said “I find arrest is a
proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted
his own freedom for a number of years."
Judge Arbuthnot's impartiality in the Assange matter
has been called into question, while her husband and
ex-Conservative MP, Baron
James Arbuthnot, is listed as the director of a
security company along with the former head of MI6. Not
exactly friends of WikiLeaks.
a February report from the Guardian reveals
that Sweden wanted to drop their case against Assange
as early as 2013, but
was pressured by the UK to maintain it.
newly-released emails show that the Swedish authorities
were eager to give up the case four years before they
formally abandoned proceedings in 2017 and that the CPS
dissuaded them from doing so.
CPS lawyer handling the case, who has since retired,
commented on an article which suggested that Sweden could
drop the case in August 2012. He wrote: “Don’t
you dare get cold feet!!!”. -The
yet another angry tweet by the WikiLeaks founder, Assange
replied to a two-week old comment by former Eric Holder
- blaming the former Attorney General for putting him in the
position to release emails from the DNC, Hillary Clinton and
John Podesta during the 2016 US election.
getting ahead of the upcoming midterm elections in November,
Holder tweeted "Russian threat to our upcoming elections: do
something!" Holder then called for sanctions, ending the
tweet with "We
replied: "Attacked? By what? The truth? It's entirely
your own fault, Eric. Thanks
to your unconstitutional grand jury against @WikiLeaks you
left me with nothing to do but work 24/7, in harsh
conditions, for years--and I'm good, very good, at
who was President Obama's Attorney General, attempted to
prosecute WikiLeaks and Assange personally over the
publication of military documents and US diplomatic cables
regarding Iraq and Afghanistan.
- particularly neoconservatives and hawkish Democrats, have
maintained that WikiLeaks is a "cutout" for Russian to
engage in information warfare, and blame Moscow for the
theft and publication of the leaked emails.
added to his response to Holder, tweeting "Next time, not
that there will be one, try following the constitution you
swore to uphold," with a link to a 2014 article calling for
Holder to drop the investigation against WikiLeaks or