Governmental transparency organization Wikileaks has revealed that their founder, Julian Assange, is facing renewed threats of arrest and prosecution for his work exposing corruption and publishing documents from whistleblowers.
The group claims to have been informed by a “high level source” within the Ecuadorian government that Assange will be expelled from his residency in Ecuador’s Embassy to the UK within “hours to days.” Assange has resided in the Embassy since 2012, facing threats of prosecution and potential extradition for his role as the editor of Wikileaks.
The source claims that Ecuador has reached an agreement with the UK government to hand over Assange for arrest. It’s unclear if Assange will be arrested for publishing classified documents embarrassing to government elites, or for an unrelated sexual assault allegation dating back to 2010 in Sweden.
The government of Ecuador may claim that Assange has violated the terms of his political asylum by publishing documents exposing corruption from the South American nation’s President, Lenin Moreno.
Securing the arrest of Assange would represent a win for U.S government officials associated with the so-called Deep State. While Assange originally became widely known for publishing leaked documents that painted the Iraq War in negative terms, he’s become a hated figure among liberals and progressives in recent years for publishing leaked emails within the Democratic National Committee revealing that the party bosses rigged the 2016 Democratic presidential primary for Hillary Clinton.
However, this isn’t the first time that an arrest of Assange has been described as imminent. There have been numerous reports in recent years indicating Assange would face extradition and prosecution from U.S government, that have never materialized.
It remains to be seen if Assange will in fact be expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested. Big League Politics is monitoring the situation.
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Democrat Superdelegates Willing to Overturn Primary Delegate Count to Stop Bernie
The Democratic Party still has a ‘superdelegate’ system.
New York Times interviews with several Democrat superdelegates revealed that the party elites are willing and prepared to block a Bernie Sanders nomination if they have the ability.
The superdelegates only enter into play if the Democrat nomination process goes to a second ballot at the party’s convention in Milwaukee. For that to happen, no candidate could possess an outright majority of (pledged) delegates on the first ballot.
In such a case, superdelegates could plausibly prove instrumental in deciding the nomination.
Bernie Sanders has gone on the record stating that the Democrat candidate who possesses the most delegates at the convention-even if they’re not an outright majority- should be the nominee. Every other Democrat candidate, with the exception of Tulsi Gabbard, has declined to back such a proposition.
Superdelegates interviewed by the Times seemed relatively unapologetic about the prospect of overturning the will of a plurality of Democrat voters and handing the nomination to a candidate with less popular votes and delegates.
“Bernie wants to redefine the rules and just say he just needs a plurality,” said Jay Jacobs, chair of the New York Democrat Party. “I don’t think we buy that. I don’t think the mainstream of the Democratic Party buys that. If he doesn’t have a majority, it stands to reason that he may not become the nominee.”
The Times interviewed 93 superdelegates, finding consensus behind such a controversial proposition.
Superdelegates lost their right to participate in the first nominating ballot for the presidential primary after the 2016 election. Many Democrats were incensed at their undemocratic role in the nominating process, especially in light of their overwhelming allegiance to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary.
Superdelegates are composed of party donors, elected officials, and other elite Democrats granted the powerful position by the DNC.
It’s worth noting that primary season talk of contested conventions, be it in the Republican or Democrat Party, rarely materializes. Hope of a contested convention is usually limited to a pipe dream that party segments resort to when it becomes too obvious that their preferred candidate is not going to be selected by voters.
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