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Julian Assange’s Fiance to Appeal “Unjust” Extradition to US – Current Events

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In a statement, Stella Maurice, the mother of the Australian’s two youngest children, called the decision “dangerous and wrong” and “a great injustice.”

Maurice and Assange were recently allowed to marry at Belmarsh prison in London, where the founder of WikiLeaks is in pre-trial detention, according to EFE.

A British appeals court today opened the door for the extradition of the founder of WikiLeaks to the United States on espionage charges, overturning a lower court ruling.

Supreme Court [High Court] London ruled that the guarantees given by the United States were sufficient to treat Assange humanely and ordered a lower court judge to forward the extradition request to the UK Home Secretary for review.

Assange’s US attorney, Barry J. Pollack, called the decision released today “extremely disturbing,” saying the Americans were planning to kidnap and kill his client.

“The British court came to this decision without considering extradition, when the US is bringing charges against Assange, which could lead to decades in prison, based on the fact that he provided truthful information on important issues such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “, – he stressed.

The Cuban government also reacted to the decision, accusing the United States of seeking “revenge and punishment” in an attempt to bring an Australian condemnation of Washington’s abuses in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars to justice.

The United States “intends to lead by example against those who expose their criminal behavior that will have serious consequences for journalism and freedom of expression,” said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

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Russia, on the other hand, qualified the decision of the British justice system as “shameful” in front of a “political case”.

“This decision (…) in relation to a journalist and a public figure is another illustration of the cannibalistic view of the world of Anglo-Saxon predators,” Maria Zakharova, press secretary of the Foreign Ministry, shot dead.

The adviser ironically noted via the social network Telegram that the West “adequately celebrated the International Day of Human Rights and the ‘Summit for Democracy'”, referring to a virtual conference on this topic, organized by the President of the United States, Joe Biden

“We support [Assange] because of the dangerous consequences that this case could have on the world, on the future of journalism and press freedom, ”RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire warned in a statement.

“If they keep [as acusações]this case will undermine the fundamental role of journalists and editors in scrutinizing governments and exposing their failures, ”he said.

Amnesty International’s head of Europe, Nils Muižnieks, said the accusation posed “a serious threat to press freedom both in the United States and abroad.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also rejected the decision, recalling that Assange “fell victim to his contributions to journalism.”

After the decision of the High Court [High Court] London, now Home Secretary Priti Patel has to oversee the observance of UK laws and make the final decision on extradition.

The US court wants to try the Australian for publishing more than 700,000 confidential documents about US military and diplomatic activities since 2010, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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American prosecutors charged Assange with 17 espionage counts and one count of computer misuse for publishing classified documents through WikiLeaks.

The maximum prison sentence is 175 years.

Assange, 50, is currently held at the Belmarsh maximum security prison in London.

Previously, the WikiLeaks founder was a refugee for seven years at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, from 2012 to April 2019, when the Ecuadorian authorities decided to revoke his asylum right and British authorities detained him.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky this Saturday considered limiting the price of a barrel of Russian oil to $60 insufficient, as he does not consider it a “serious decision”, and Kyiv offered a price two times lower.

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Spain: it is already known where the trap envelopes were sent

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The Spanish police claim that six trap parcels that arrived at diplomatic missions and ministries were sent from the city of Valladolid.

Despite the established origin, the authorities still don’t know who’s to blamesince the letters will be placed in regular mailboxes.

The first evidence of the investigation is related to only one of the six packages was able to be deactivated without damage🇧🇷 These are homemade devices with powder charges. The police managed to carry out controlled explosions in four devices.

In the period from November 24 to December 2, parcels with pyrotechnic materials arrived at the diplomatic missions of Ukraine and the United States, the Ministry of Defense and in the office of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Meanwhile, the security of public buildings, government and embassies strengthens🇧🇷 Despite the written bombs sent out, the authorities decided that it was not worth raising the level of terrorist threat.

On Friday, Spain’s interior minister recommended to the European Commission and partner countries take action if they received such trap letters with the recognition of their possible attitude towards the war in Ukraine.

The advice was accepted by Portuguese diplomacy, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent Portuguese embassies to increase caution when receiving mail.

The MNE of Portugal acknowledged that a circular with recommendations was sent to the Portuguese missions and embassies, but chose not to give further details about the proceduresciting security concerns.

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Qatar treats Santos Silva better than Marcelo

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In Doha, Augusto Santos Silva guaranteed that there would be no problems between Portugal and Qatar. “The two countries have tense diplomatic relations. Qatar is one of the Gulf states where we have a permanent ambassador and it is a strategic region for us,” said the second representative of the Portuguese state. And he also mentioned that there are several points that “should not be forgotten” in order to maintain good bilateral relations. Referring to his experience as Minister of Foreign Affairs, he recalled two facts: “First, it is that, unfortunately, the former Portuguese Ambassador to Qatar, Ricardo Prachana, died in office and the support provided by the Qatari authorities was unsurpassed. (…) Second fact [foi] when we had to remove dozens of people from Afghanistan, namely Afghans who collaborated with the Portuguese armed forces, in a very difficult operation. We did this because we had Pakistan’s support on the ground route and Qatar’s support on the air route.” Santos Silva’s agreement with the Qatari authorities goes even further when he praises “the very clear position that Qatar has taken in the United Nations General Assembly condemning the war against Ukraine and the importance of the geopolitical and geo-economic perspective that this region has in the world today.”

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Santos Silva’s statements clearly show more cordiality compared to the speeches of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and António Costa (the so-called “hostile”), as well as the subsequent human rights narrative that has rattled the Qatari government to, as reported by Nascer do SOL in its latest issue, admitting that he blacklisted the country as soon as the World Cup is over, the same is happening with Germany, Denmark and France, which have followed the same type of discourse.

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Diplomatic efforts by Santos Silva appear to have helped mitigate the damage caused by the statements of Marcelo Rebelo de Souza, who at the Doha conference refocused on human rights violations, knowing that previous statements were considered “hostile”. ‘ by the Government of Qatar. The diplomatic corps immediately took action at the Palacio das Necessidades and in Doha to prevent the situation from escalating. A Portuguese delegation was sent to Qatar to ensure that Santos Silva’s trip would not bring more problems to Portugal and that the diplomatic calculation would have no repercussions.

In addition to his presence at the stadium to watch Portugal play, the President of the Assembly of the Republic met with the Qatari authorities, where “all matters of interest to both Portugal and Qatar” were considered. Homework was done well and Santos Silva was awarded state awards. He was met at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and stayed at a hotel reserved exclusively for heads of state (instead of the Banyan Tree Hotel reserved for vice presidents and chairmen of parliaments). an attitude very different from that given to the President of the Republic during his visit to Qatar, as he was received by the daughter of the Sheikh of the Emirate, who was at the stadium in her private box without receiving the Portuguese head. The Qataris seem to know how to forgive but not forget.

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On the subject of human rights in Qatar, Angelo Correia, a former interior minister (de Cavaco Silva), believes this is “hypocrisy and a Western superiority complex.” Speaking to Nascer do SOL, the analyst and political commentator added that the West is “punishing itself for its past mistakes regarding the barbaric colonization of some countries in this region, while at the same time assuming the supremacy of the present as if nothing had happened in the past. In Europe there is a contradiction between sinning excess in this matter and showing superiority over those who are not yet on their way. This is an ambiguous, pompous and contradictory attitude.” But the political class is also responsible: “Portugal’s position towards Qatar left much to be desired in some circumstances, and some people and some parties showed a certain opportunism. There are currently two problems that elude the Portuguese democratic reality: the lack of memory and then the strong agitation for political correctness.”

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Relations between Portugal and Qatar have entered a less tense phase and the presence of Ana Catarina Méndez, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs who replaced the Prime Minister, who canceled her trip for health reasons, in yesterday’s game in which Portugal lost to South Korea (1-2) an example of this. “This is the day we should all unite with the colors of Portugal, the colors of an open, modern and inclusive society that I am proud to represent,” he told Lusa.

António Costa is expected to go to the Round of 16 game on Tuesday and if the national team continues to compete, with Santos Silva reaching the quarter-finals and Marcelo Rebelo de Souza reaching the semi-finals, then… But one thing is for sure: an agreement is needed. official discourse so that the country is not blacklisted by the emirate.



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