William Hague, the foreign secretary, has made it clear that Britain will not give Assange safe passage to South America. He told a press conference:
"We will not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the United Kingdom, nor is there any legal basis for us to do so. The United Kingdom does not recognize the principle of diplomatic asylum."
Vaughan Smith, a friend of Assange who put him up for more than a year at his Norfolk residence. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's World at One this afternoon, Smith said:
I'm extremely pleased; I'm absolutely delighted. I'm very pleased indeed.
I think he would like to go to Ecuador; I think that's where he should go. And hopefully we'll be a little bit more tolerant about this. I think we need to consider the fact that the Ecuadoreans are the other people who have really considered the matters they've considered. They've concluded there is a threat to his life. I think we should honor that.
He said that "ideally" Assange should face Swedish questioning, but that the Ecuadoreans had offered the Swedes the opportunity to interview him in the embassy and they had refused.
I think there's a lot of pride involved here... They have interviewed an alleged murderer in Serbia but they choose not to come to London to interview Julian Assange. I think that's very disappointing.
"Britain will carry out its "binding obligation" to extradite Assange to Sweden in spite of Ecuador's decision, a spokesperson for the FCO has said.
We are disappointed by the statement from Ecuador’s Foreign Minister that Ecuador has offered political asylum to Julian Assange.
Under our law, with Mr Assange having exhausted all options of appeal, the British authorities are under a binding obligation to extradite him to Sweden. We shall carry out that obligation. The Ecuadorian Government's decision this afternoon does not change that.
We remain committed to a negotiated solution that allows us to carry out our obligations under the Extradition Act."
Ecuador has granted political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange:
"We can state that there is a risk that he will be persecuted politically...
We trust the UK will offer the necessary guarantees so that both governments can act adequately and properly respect international rights and the right of asylum.
We also trust the excellent relationship the two countries have will continue."
The questions remain: Will the UK storm the embassy to arrest Assange as threatened? How will Ecuador get Assange out of the country?
Asylum for Assange decision is expected at 1pm UK time today.
Assange supporters wearing "Anonymous" masks holding up "I'm Julian Assange."
Three protesters have been arrested following a brawl with London police.
President of the Ecuadorian National Assembly Fernando Cordero has called a special meeting on the UK’s potential raid of the Ecuadorian Embassy. Although Parliament is in recess for 15 days, he called 124 legislators to attend the meeting. This session will not address the issue of Assange’s bid for asylum, Cordero said.
“I think that this point in time, other nations need to stand up and defend Ecuador's right to make this decision. They haven't even made the decision, they're being threatened. Imagine threatening to storm an embassy to this because they're protecting the rights of a journalist. We have to respect Ecuador's sovereignty, something that the UK might like to take on board. This is a serious decision. ” – Christine Assange, Julian Assange's mother, Brisbane, Australia.
The 99%: Cleveland, Ohio: This short film will introduce you to some of the folks of Occupy Cleveland as they discuss life as the 99%.
Directed and edited by Rob Montague, director of photography Eric Leiser, music by John Kalman, produced by Robert Uhoda, Eric Leiser and Rob Montague.
The recent mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and Oak Creek, Wisconsin receive a lot of media attention but 86 Americans die to gun violence in our country everyday. To shed more attention on this glaring and difficult statistic, the Overpass Light Brigade decided to bring "STOP GUN VIOLENCE" to a Wisconsin bridge over I-94 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The 'Economic Suicides':
“I have no solution in front of me." -- Antonis Perris of Greece, unemployed for two years before he took the hand of his 90-year-old mother and climbed to the roof of their apartment building and leapt to their death.
In his last note on an online music discussion site, Perris wrote that his mother had Alzheimer’s disease and that he had recently learned he was ill. He had not expected a recession, so he had not saved money. His credit cards were maxed out. He had started selling his family’s possessions but saw no permanent solution to his problems. He blamed the “powerful of this Earth” for his situation.
Giuseppe Campaniello of Italy set himself on fire outside a government tax office in Bologna on March 28 after his company collapsed.
“I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance.” — Retired pharmacist Dimitris Christoulas, 77, who shot himself in Athens’s central square on April 4.
“Violence is to work 40 years for peanuts and to wonder if you’ll ever get to retire. . . . Violence is unemployment.” — Savvas Metoikidis, 44, who hanged himself in his father’s warehouse in Thessaloniki on April 21.
“I hope my grandchildren will never be born in Greece.” — A 61-year-old electrician who hanged himself from a tree in Athens on May 30.
To date there have been 7,387 Occupy protesters arrested in the United States alone. Bankers? Zero.
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Good morning, today is Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Anyone know where I can score some trickle-down fairy dust?
Your Moment of Clarity #162: Your Vote WILL Be Stolen And Here's How.
At two separate events in recent days, Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher has proposed to "put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting."
Wurzelbacher first made the remarks during a campaign rally for Arizona Republican state Rep. Lori Klein on Friday, according to video published by Prescott eNews.
"For years I've said, you know, put a damn fence on the border, going to Mexico and start shooting," he insisted.
Wurzelbacher then repeated the remarks at a so-called "Patriot Rally" with Klein on Saturday.
"I'm running for Congress. How many congressmen or people running for Congress have you heard, put a fence up and start shooting? None? Well you heard it here first. Put troops on the border and start shooting, I bet that solves our immigration problem real quick."
While Klein refused to condemn the call for border violence, her District 11 opponent, Republican state House Speaker Andy Tobin, called for Wurzelbacher to apologize or go back home to Ohio.
"I would ask for him to retract the statement as made in jest, and if not made in jest, I'm appalled at him," Tobin told KTVK. "We don't do that in Arizona."
Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) launched Wurzelbacher into fame during the 2008 presidential election when he repeatedly referred to "Joe the Plumber" during a debate with then-Sen. Barack Obama. McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, called Wurzelbacher's latest idea "ridiculous." She had previously said that he was a "dumbass" who should "stick to plumbing."
Klein, who is running for re-election in the 11th District, drew charges of racism in 2011 when she read a controversial letter on the state Senate floor, asserting that "[m]ost of the Hispanic students do not want to be educated but rather be gang members and gangsters."
She is also known for pointing a loaded gun at the chest of Richard Ruelas, a reporter for The Arizona Republic, while he was interviewing her at the state Capitol.
“Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein said of the raspberry-pink .380 Ruger that she carries in purse at all times, later explaining that Ruelas had no need to worry because "I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger."
Joe Whitley, like his father before him, worked at the same Kansas City steel company for 29 years before losing his job and health benefits when it filed bankruptcy.
Romney and Bain... "They used us just like we were the scrap steel that we melted, you know, we were just a means to an end," Whitley said.
A couple in Danville, California were shocked to discover earlier this year that heirlooms they had stored in a safety deposit box at a Bank of America were missing. They were even more shocked when they found out that Bank of America had drilled open the box, removed the valuables and shipped them for holding in South Carolina.
When Unsa Kamal and her husband Aizad received a letter from Bank of America informing them their box had been drilled opened and emptied, they said they thought it was junk mail. But after carefully reviewing the letter, the Kamals said the bank in fact emptied their safe deposit due to lack of information.
“They claim they didn’t have Social Security numbers, which is not true,” Aizad Kamal said. When they open the account that’s something very basic they ask for and they have that.”
A local CBS affiliate Consumer Watch verified that the Kamal's had listed their correct Social Security numbers on their rental agreement with the bank, but Bank of America would not admit any wrongdoing.
BoA did agree to return the items, although they would not insure them for their full value, so the Kamal's hired an attorney to help them force the bank to insure the heirlooms -- some going back several generations -- for their full current replacement value. The bank now won't comment due to pending litigation.