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Gateway Pundit journalist Cassandra Fairbanks visits Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in London -- Embassy locks her in a surveillance room

 
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Gateway Pundit journalist Cassandra Fairbanks visits Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in London -- Embassy locks her in a surveillance room
EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange Clashes With Ecuadorian Officials After Embassy Locks US Journalist in a Surveilled Room

It was meant to be a routine visit by a journalist to another journalist. Instead, I found myself locked in a cold, surveilled room for over an hour by Ecuadorian officials, as a furious argument raged between the country’s ambassador and Julian Assange.

The room was inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Julian Assange currently lives under the ostensible protection of political asylum. Yet the WikiLeaks publisher was barred from entering the room, where he was supposed to join me for a pre-approved meeting, because he refused to submit to a full-body search and continuous surveillance.

In the fireworks that followed, Assange accused the ambassador of being an agent of the United States government.

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.

Just like my previous visit, since new rules for visitors were enacted, I couldn’t take my phone into the meeting without giving the Ecuadorian officials a swathe of data. If you want to take it in with you, they request its brand, model, serial number, IMEI number, and telephone number. I was also advised that Ecuador could not be trusted to hold my phone while I met with Assange, so I left it behind and walked to the embassy phoneless, several minutes early to make sure I was on time.

When I arrived, embassy staff checked my passport and letter of approval and pointed at the time on the letter. I was six minutes early. Instead of allowing me to wait inside, they told me to come back at the appropriate time — despite knowing that I did not have a phone or watch on me.

When I visited for the first time, which I believe was a year ago to the day, the atmosphere was far more welcoming. The staff and ambassador that were there during my first visit have since been replaced.

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 thought. They reminded me multiple times that my visit was only approved until 5 p.m. and that I would need to leave on the dot.

“Just doing my job,” the staff member told me.

A few moments later Assange walked by the door, but could not enter. Embassy staff demanded that he submit to a full-body scan with a metal detector before allowing him in the room. They have not done this with any other visitor in the nearly seven years that he has lived there, including during my previous visits.

“I don’t want to do the body scan. It is undignified and not appropriate,” I heard Assange say. “I am just trying to have a private meeting with a journalist.”

The door was slammed shut by someone from the embassy. I decided to sit and wait.

Not only would they not let Assange in to see me without a body-scan, they also forced his lawyer to be scanned before he could come in to update me on the situation.

After roughly 20 minutes, the lawyer came in and informed me that they were demanding to search Assange. Moreover, we would not be permitted to talk anywhere outside the highly-surveilled room where the Ecuadorians had confined me. Agreeing to these draconian terms would set a bad precedent — so he was unsure if the meeting would go ahead. After appraising me of the situation, he left the room.

A bit later, I decided to leave the room myself for an update from embassy staff. I quickly discovered that the door was locked from the outside. So I went to the second door — that was locked too. That was when I realized that Ecuadorian officials had deliberately imprisoned me in a room.

As this ominous realization dawned on me, I heard a dramatic confrontation unfolding outside.

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The truth is dangerous ground these days, and its advocates are getting this treatment from governments around the world at a precipitous rate (thanks in part to the burgeoning of the Internet: the Arab Spring threw the fear of the masses into the bad elements in governments worldwide).

Journalism has become the business of iconoclasts, and journalists are increasingly treated like criminals especially in the purview of unsponsored investigative journalism or outlets for whistleblowers.

Assange is one of the defining figures of this era, and the treatment he receives is indicative of how close to the nerve Wikileaks really is in the grand scheme of things.
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Visiting a inmate in prison.
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Don't let it be that way
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She's got nakies online.
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At this point I think Assange is an idiot for his 7+ years of self imprisonment. He has a decent chance of beating any potential charges against him.
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Visiting a inmate in prison.
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This.

Dare I say it, but it's likely that he's a hostage now.

The US wants him, and the Brits desperately don't want the FISAs released.
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At this point I think Assange is an idiot for his 7+ years of self imprisonment. He has a decent chance of beating any potential charges against him.
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He would commit 'suicide' if he walked out of there....

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At this point I think Assange is an idiot for his 7+ years of self imprisonment. He has a decent chance of beating any potential charges against him.
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He would commit 'suicide' if he walked out of there....

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Agreed, I think his biggest fear is assassination.

Didn't Hillary say she wanted to drone him?
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a full body cavity search for a man they are keeping under lock and key anyways
That's not suspicious at all
And ecuador cant bitch at julian for outing this treatment, they did it right in front of the journalist - in front of the person who was there to write a story about what happened during the meeting
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Re: Gateway Pundit journalist Cassandra Fairbanks visits Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in London -- Embassy locks her in a surveillance room
EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange Clashes With Ecuadorian Officials After Embassy Locks US Journalist in a Surveilled Room

It was meant to be a routine visit by a journalist to another journalist. Instead, I found myself locked in a cold, surveilled room for over an hour by Ecuadorian officials, as a furious argument raged between the country’s ambassador and Julian Assange.

The room was inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Julian Assange currently lives under the ostensible protection of political asylum. Yet the WikiLeaks publisher was barred from entering the room, where he was supposed to join me for a pre-approved meeting, because he refused to submit to a full-body search and continuous surveillance.

In the fireworks that followed, Assange accused the ambassador of being an agent of the United States government.

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.

Just like my previous visit, since new rules for visitors were enacted, I couldn’t take my phone into the meeting without giving the Ecuadorian officials a swathe of data. If you want to take it in with you, they request its brand, model, serial number, IMEI number, and telephone number. I was also advised that Ecuador could not be trusted to hold my phone while I met with Assange, so I left it behind and walked to the embassy phoneless, several minutes early to make sure I was on time.

When I arrived, embassy staff checked my passport and letter of approval and pointed at the time on the letter. I was six minutes early. Instead of allowing me to wait inside, they told me to come back at the appropriate time — despite knowing that I did not have a phone or watch on me.

When I visited for the first time, which I believe was a year ago to the day, the atmosphere was far more welcoming. The staff and ambassador that were there during my first visit have since been replaced.

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 thought. They reminded me multiple times that my visit was only approved until 5 p.m. and that I would need to leave on the dot.

“Just doing my job,” the staff member told me.

A few moments later Assange walked by the door, but could not enter. Embassy staff demanded that he submit to a full-body scan with a metal detector before allowing him in the room. They have not done this with any other visitor in the nearly seven years that he has lived there, including during my previous visits.

“I don’t want to do the body scan. It is undignified and not appropriate,” I heard Assange say. “I am just trying to have a private meeting with a journalist.”

The door was slammed shut by someone from the embassy. I decided to sit and wait.

Not only would they not let Assange in to see me without a body-scan, they also forced his lawyer to be scanned before he could come in to update me on the situation.

After roughly 20 minutes, the lawyer came in and informed me that they were demanding to search Assange. Moreover, we would not be permitted to talk anywhere outside the highly-surveilled room where the Ecuadorians had confined me. Agreeing to these draconian terms would set a bad precedent — so he was unsure if the meeting would go ahead. After appraising me of the situation, he left the room.

A bit later, I decided to leave the room myself for an update from embassy staff. I quickly discovered that the door was locked from the outside. So I went to the second door — that was locked too. That was when I realized that Ecuadorian officials had deliberately imprisoned me in a room.

As this ominous realization dawned on me, I heard a dramatic confrontation unfolding outside.

MORE: [link to www.thegatewaypundit.com (secure)]
 Quoting: Putin's Voluntaryist


Doesn't sound like political asylum to me, sounds like prison.

Can we do the same to our asylum seekers?

We have a shitload of them on the border.
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I speculate he is dead.
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This is called kidnapping.
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At this point I think Assange is an idiot for his 7+ years of self imprisonment. He has a decent chance of beating any potential charges against him.
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I always find it funny when idiots accuse others of being idiots. 7+years of self imprisonment? He will be killed or kidnapped if he steps outside the embassy.
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At this point I think Assange is an idiot for his 7+ years of self imprisonment. He has a decent chance of beating any potential charges against him.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76879092


I always find it funny when idiots accuse others of being idiots. 7+years of self imprisonment? He will be killed or kidnapped if he steps outside the embassy.
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laugh

Sure he will.





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