According to Glenn Greenwald, writing in today’s Intercept, Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno is to meet this weekend with British officials to formalise his country’s withdrawal of political asylum from Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks and a player in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
Julian Assange – about to be ejected from Ecuadorian embassy?
According to the Intercept, Moreno, who is confined to a wheelchair, is using an international conference on disability in London as a cover for his meeting with British officials which would see Assange ejected from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been given shelter since 2012, and handed over to the Metropolitan police.
A move like this could eventually see Assange extradited to the United States where he could face charges, and a lengthy prison term, for publishing secret US documents, including thousands of State Department cables.
Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno – secret meeting with British officials this weekend
According to Greenwald: ‘A source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and the President’s office, unauthorized to speak publicly, has confirmed to the Intercept that Moreno is close to finalizing, if he has not already finalized, an agreement to hand over Assange to the UK within the next several weeks. The withdrawal of asylum and physical ejection of Assange could come as early as this week.’
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I guess we will just have to wait for the PSNI/British Army ATO report to find out.
Interestingly both Adams and Storey are beginning to withdraw from active involvement in republican activity – Adams as the leader of Sinn Fein and Storey, who was diagnosed with cancer recently, as the IRA’s intelligence chief.
The IRA needs to keep an intelligence department active to monitor a variety of matters, not least the threat from dissidents, but who Big Bobby’s replacement will be promises to be an intriguing and important decision. Watch this space.
This is the holding website for the drama-documentary film, ‘I, Dolours’. A final version will be published in August when the film goes on cinematic release: http://idolours.com
The chummy photograph above, taken from Gerry Adams’ Twitter feed in March 2014, shows the then leader of Sinn Fein enjoying the company of the cream of the Democratic Party’s congressional leadership as they prepare for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Washington.
The third figure from the left, wearing glasses and towering above Rita O’Hare, is a character called Joe Crowley. Until yesterday the Irish-American congressman for a district of New York that combines part of the Bronx and Queens had never been seriously challenged in his 20-year career in Washington.
Considered one of the most powerful Democratic Party bosses Crowley was being touted as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives if, in the November elections, the Democrats took control of the House and the current party leader, Nancy Pelosi was to retire, as some expect her to do.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – her primary win was a blow to Democratic Party bosses and Sinn Fein
Had all that panned out as it was supposed to then Sinn Fein would have had one of the most powerful politicians in the United States as a faithful friend and ally, someone who stood by Gerry Adams when he was arrested over the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville and unequivocally backed the party’s approach to the Good Friday Agreement through thick and thin.
That was until yesterday when a 28-year old, left-wing political neophyte called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thrashed Crowley in a primary election, upsetting the Democrat’s political apple cart and winning support for a radical program that included socialised medicine and opposition to Trump’s immigration policies.
With the fall of Joe Crowley, Sinn Fein have lost a powerful friend in the corridors of American political power. It was a bad day for the Democratic party’s cautious, centrist leadership; but it was also a bad day for the Shinners.