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Julian Assange arrested in London after Ecuador withdraws his asylum

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Julian Assange has been arrested in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum.

The fugitive founder of WikiLeaks was wanted by British police for skipping bail in August 2012, while he was under investigation for sexual assault and rape in Sweden, and had lived since then in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, reported NBC News.

The Australian had long complained that he would eventually be extradited to the U.S. to face charges if he was forced to surrender.

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The 47-year-old Assange and WikiLeaks have been implicated by U.S. intelligence services and special counsel Robert Mueller in a scheme to release emails hacked by Russian intelligence from the Democratic National Committee.

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has testified before Congress that Assange had been in contact with Republican operative Roger Stone to coordinate the release of the stolen emails during the 2016 campaign.

Assange has insisted the hacked emails had not come from Russia.

Sweden eventually dropped its investigation of Assange, and he is no longer wanted by authorities there, but London’s Metropolitan Police said he would be arrested for violating his bail if he ever left the embassy.

Assange became an Ecuadorian citizen last year but had quarreled with embassy staff for years, especially in recent months.

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Louisiana judge admits to exchanging racist texts with cop boyfriend about courtroom employees

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Appearing on a local TV station on Sunday, a district court judge in Assumption Parrish in Louisiana owned up to racist comments she made about African-American employees in her courtroom that she texted to her then-police officer boyfriend.

According to WAFB, Judge Jessie LeBlanc initially denied using the N-word about a black sheriff’s deputy and a black law clerk in her district when texting with former chief deputy, Capt. Bruce Prejean, with whom she was involved while both were married.

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Julian Assange lawyer tells court: After pardon fell through, Trump administration resorted to ‘extortion’

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An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Trump administration of extortion in a London court on Monday.

The WikiLeaks attorney appeared at Woolwich Crown Court along with U.S. prosecutors, who argued that Assange should be extradited the United States, where he faces 18 charges and up to 175 years in jail.

Attorneys for Assange previously told the court that former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tried to broker a pardon deal between the White House and Assange if he would agree to say that Russia was not the source of hacked Democratic Party emails.

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Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’

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A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady's basketball team had "disgusting" names.

Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.

In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, "The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting."

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