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Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: report

Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: reportEcuador spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy where he has been living since 2012, initially to support him but things changed after he hacked the mission’s computers, the Guardian reported Wednesday. The newspaper said Ecuador employed an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police at the embassy in London’s luxury Knightsbridge area. The snooping was initially intended to protect Assange from the risk of being taken away by British police but later became a full-blown spying operation.



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Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange: foreign minister

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange: foreign ministerEcuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been sheltering at its London embassy for five years to avoid arrest, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced Thursday. Espinosa told a press conference in Quito that Assange, a 46-year-old Australian, became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12. As a result, she said Ecuador had asked London to recognize Assange as a diplomat — which would give him safe passage out of the embassy without fear of arrest — but Britain had refused.



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Ecuador gives Assange citizenship, seeks end to embassy stay

Ecuador gives Assange citizenship, seeks end to embassy stayBy Alexandra Valencia and Mark Hosenball QUITO/LONDON (Reuters) – Ecuador has given citizenship to Julian Assange as part of its efforts to allow the WikiLeaks founder to leave the country’s London embassy where he has been holed up for more than five years. Ecuador made the move hours after the British government refused a request from the South American nation for Assange to be given diplomatic status, which could give him immunity from arrest should he try to leave the embassy. After a year in which Ecuador’s president has spoken out against Assange, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said she hoped to find a solution to his dilemma.



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Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder AssangeEcuador said Thursday it had granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an unsuccessful attempt to provide him with diplomatic immunity and usher him out of its London embassy without the threat of arrest by Britain. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said the 46-year-old Australian, who has been holed up at the embassy for five years to avoid arrest, became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12.



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Julian Assange could be kicked out of Ecuador embassy as situation 'not sustainable'

Julian Assange could be kicked out of Ecuador embassy as situation 'not sustainable'The WikiLeaks founder was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations, and has been holed up in Knightsbridge for five-and-a-half years. Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into the allegations, but Mr Assange, who denied the allegations, fears he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the building and that there is a sealed indictment ordering his arrest. WikiLeaks published thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents, in one of the largest information leaks in US history.



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‘Alt-right’ figure who set up Assange meeting refuses to cooperate with Senate intel probe

‘Alt-right’ figure who set up Assange meeting refuses to cooperate with Senate intel probe“I’m absolutely not” going to cooperate with the committee, the far-right provocateur Charles C. Johnson said in an interview, after returning from London.



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Julian Assange offers job to fired Google employee who wrote anti-diversity memo

Julian Assange offers job to fired Google employee who wrote anti-diversity memoJulian Assange has offered the Google employee who was fired for writing an anti-diversity memo a job at Wikileaks. Assange, who is currently in the Ecuadorian embassy, tweeted multiple times in support of James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo which went viral. He said: "Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore. "Women & men deserve respect. That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back." He had previously tweeted: "Identity politics 2.0 wars come to Google. Oh no. But mass spying is fine since its equal opportunity predation." 1/ Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore. t.co/tmrflE72p3— Julian Assange �� (@JulianAssange) August 8, 2017 The engineer who wrote the memo was fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes", he said in an email to Reuters on Monday. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told employees in a note on Monday that portions of the anti-diversity memo "violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace," according to a copy of the note seen by Reuters. Mr Damore's memo attacked the idea that gender diversity should be a goal. "The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and … these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership," Damore wrote in the internal company memo last week. Inside Google London offices Google's vice president of diversity, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to the furore over the weekend, saying the engineer's essay "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender".  The 10-page document was initially posted on the company’s internal forum. Critics reacted angrily to its argument that the lack of women in tech companies was down to genetic factors, saying it was evidence of Silicon Valley’s hostility to women and minorities.



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Julian Assange: I urged Trump Jr to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaks

Julian Assange: I urged Trump Jr to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaksJulian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, has claimed that he contacted Donald Trump Jr and tried to persuade him to publish emails showing he was eager to accept sensitive information about Hillary Clinton via the anti-secrecy website. Instead, the US president’s eldest son did so via Twitter, igniting a firestorm of criticism around his apparent willingness to work with the Russian government against his father’s Democratic rival. “Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us),” tweeted Assange, who is based at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.



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Ecuador 'did its duty' by giving Assange asylum, Correa says

Ecuador 'did its duty' by giving Assange asylum, Correa saysEcuadoran President Rafael Correa said Saturday that his country had “done its duty” by granting asylum in 2012 to Julian Assange, and said he was glad Sweden had closed its rape case against the WikiLeaks founder. “Ecuador fulfilled its duty, we gave him sovereign asylum, and finally the Swedish judicial system has closed the file and will not press charges against Assange,” Correa said in a weekly report on his presidential activities.



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Sweden drops rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Sweden drops rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian AssangeSweden has dropped a rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. If Assange leaves the embassy, London authorities can still arrest him for jumping bail in 2012.



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