How Shoddy Reporting and Anti-Russian Propaganda Coerced Ecuador to Silence Julian Assange

Unintended consequences?

Rigged Game

Many of the recent media claims that have caused this standoff, including assertions of Russia’s role in Catalonia’s independence bid, range from highly dubious to demonstrably false.

By M.C. McGragh and Glenn Greenwald and cross-posted from The Intercept

Julian Assange has been barred from communicating with the outside world for more than three weeks. On March 27, the Government of Ecuador blocked Assange’s internet access and barred him from receiving visitors other than his lawyers. Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, when Ecuador granted him asylum due to fears that his extradition to Sweden as part of a sexual assault investigation would result in his being sent to the U.S. for prosecution for his work with WikiLeaks. In January of this year, Assange formally became a citizen of Ecuador.

As a result of Ecuador’s recent actions, Assange – long a prolific commentator on political debates around the world –…

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