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Julian Assange will ‘immediately’ be ejected from embassy to face possible prosecution: Glen Greenwald report

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Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange will be “immediately” forced out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, according to a new report from close Assange ally Glenn Greenwald.

Greenwald reports that the president of Ecuador traveled to London on Friday ostensibly to give a speech—but actually to finalize negotiations on Assange’s fate.

“The concealed, actual purpose of the President’s trip is to meet with British officials to finalize an agreement under which Ecuador will withdraw its asylum protection of Julian Assange, in place since 2012, eject him from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and then hand over the WikiLeaks founder to British authorities,” he wrote.

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Assange has been blocked from the internet and unable “to communicate with the outside world” three months ago.

Greenwald cites reporting from Russia state media on the topic and argues that Ecuador’s new president is a stooge for Western governments who has “shown himself willing to submit to threats and coercion from the UK, Spain and the U.S.”

Greenwald argues that Assange’s eventual prosecution could pave the way for the prosecution of American journalists who wil not stand uop for Assange because of they are “consumed with hatred for Assange due to personal reasons, professional jealousies, and anger over the role they believed he played in 2016 in helping Hillary Clinton lose.”

Read Greenwald’s report here.

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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

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Trump still has no set plan to combat coronavirus just hours before hastily called press conference set to begin: report

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President Donald Trump still has no set plan to combat the spread of coronavirus, just hours before he is set to hold a hastily-called 6 PM Wednesday press conference. According to Politico, Trump haas yet to decide whether or not to install a coronavirus czar to coordinate efforts, similar to how the Obama administration successfully staved off the spread of Ebola in 2014.

"Officials are still debating whether such a role is necessary, but the global spread has increased the urgency to elevate its response, and the Trump White House is eager to appear like it’s in control of containing the virus within the United States," Politico adds.

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Legal experts speculate Bill Barr was merely ‘nonsense posturing’ when he claimed Trump’s tweets made his job ‘impossible’

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Attorney General William Barr recently complained that President Donald Trump makes it “impossible” for him to do his job when he tweets about cases that are still making their way through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the federal courts — for example, the criminal case of long-time Trump ally and veteran GOP operative Roger Stone. But Barr remains a Trump loyalist, and Law & Crime reporter Jerry Lambe notes in an article published on February 25 that Trump continues to tweet about Stone’s case.

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