Wikileaks publisher and whistleblower Julian Assange has been arrested by police in the United Kingdom, who removed him from his residence at the Ecuadorian embassy on Thursday morning.
Assange was led out of the embassy in the custody of officers. The arrest, which has been seen as increasingly likely in recent days, was caught on camera.
— Barnaby Nerberka (@barnabynerberka) April 11, 2019
Assange had resided at the Embassy of Ecuador in the UK since 2012, having facing prosecution for sexual assault allegations in Sweden. The charges have since been dropped, but it’s possible the Australian journalist could face extradition to the United States to face charges related to his activities publishing documents leaked by whistleblowers.
The government of Ecuador seems to have revoked the grant of political asylum it originally gave Assange in 2012. UK government officials have thanked Ecuador for allowing them to arrest Assange, on the basis of his failure to appear in court after the 2012 sexual assault allegation.
Should Assange go on to face prosecution in the United States due to his activities with Wikileaks, he could represent one of the most high-profile individuals to face charges related to exposing sensitive information as a journalist. The Australian publisher, having once been popular on the political left for publishing materials critical of the Iraq War, became a target of animosity from the Deep State and American liberals for his exposure of the Democratic National Committee’s hacked emails, which revealed the national party rigged its 2016 Presidential Primary for Hillary Clinton.
Assange should appear in court within the coming days, and Big League Politics will continue to monitor the situation.
IT’S REAL: Four New Jersey Democrats Charged With Election Fraud in Mail-In Ballot Scheme
They’re all Democrats.
Four men, two of whom are Democratic city council members, have been charged with running a voter fraud operation in the town of Paterson, New Jersey.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced charges of mail-in voting fraud, election fraud, and illegal possession of mail-in ballots against Michael Jackson, Alex Mendez, Shelim Khalique, and Abu Rayzen.
Jackson is an active city councilman, while Mendez is a councilman-elect. Khalique is the brother of another Paterson city councilman, and Rayzen is a campaign operative for Khalique’s brother, Shahin Khalique.
The charges allege that Jackson took it upon himself to pick up completed mail-in ballots from voters in the city and delivered them to the Passaic County Board of Elections. Jackson failed to disclose to the board of elections that he delivered ballots for that he’s a city council member, and in one case, a ballot that he picked up that was unsealed was delivered to the election authorities sealed and completed.
Mendez is also accused of the same form of dishonest ballot harvesting, declining to reveal that he was a candidate for office when dropping off mail-in ballots. He’s also charged with falsifying and tampering with records.
Although they’re rarely enforced, New Jersey laws criminalizing election fraud have strict penalties, and it’s possible that the men could face prison sentences of up to ten years if they’re convicted of the second-degree felonies of which they’re charged.
A state investigation into the recent Paterson city election spurred the criminal charges, with AG Grewal revealing that 20% of the ballots filed in the election were fraudulent.
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