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humphrey

I have my doubts that this statement can be trusted.

https://www.politico.eu/article/julian-assange-can-leave-embassy-says-ecuadors-president-lenin-moreno/

Assange can leave embassy, says Ecuador’s president
The UK has pledged not to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to anywhere he might face the death penalty.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can leave Ecuador’s London embassy, where he’s been living since 2012, Ecuadorean President Lenín Moreno said Thursday.

In a radio interview, Moreno said he had received sufficient written guarantees from the British government that Assange would not be extradited to any country where he would face the death penalty, according to the Associated Press.

However, Moreno said he would not force Assange out.

Assange has said he fears being charged by the U.S for his role in leaking sensitive government information.

humphrey

Seems like Assange’s lawyers share the same thoughts.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/06/julian-assange-rejects-uk-ecuador-deal-leave-embassy/

Julian Assange’s lawyer has rejected an agreement announced by Ecuador’s president to see him leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London, after six years inside.

Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, has made no secret of his wish to be rid of the WikiLeaks founder, who sought asylum inside the embassy in June 2012 and has not left since.

On Thursday Mr Moreno announced that a deal had been reached between London and Quito to allow Mr Assange, 47, to be released.

“The way has been cleared for Mr Assange to take the decision to leave in near-liberty,” said Mr Moreno.

He did not specify what “near liberty” meant.

But Mr Assange’s lawyer, Barry Pollack, told The Telegraph that the deal was not acceptable.

The legal team have long argued that they will not accept any agreement which risks his being extradited to the United States.

polarbear4

Not face the death penalty , eh? How big of them. I wouldn’t step foot out of it with that promise.

humphrey

Too bad that this Republican is in a very small minority of his party.

humphrey

LD I just sent you a private message. Let me know if you got it.

humphrey

It is hard to figure this one out.

Maybe this has something to do with it.

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/01/u-s-military-says-it-has-a-light-footprint-in-africa-these-documents-show-a-vast-network-of-bases/

U.S. MILITARY SAYS IT HAS A “LIGHT FOOTPRINT” IN AFRICA. THESE DOCUMENTS SHOW A VAST NETWORK OF BASES.

THE U.S. MILITARY has long insisted that it maintains a “light footprint” in Africa, and there have been reports of proposed drawdowns in special operations forces and closures of outposts on the continent, due to a 2017 ambush in Niger and an increasing focus on rivals like China and Russia. But through it all, U.S. Africa Command has fallen short of providing concrete information about its bases on the continent, leaving in question the true scope of the American presence there.

Documents obtained from AFRICOM by The Intercept, via the Freedom of Information Act, however, offer a unique window onto the sprawling network of U.S. military outposts in Africa, including previously undisclosed or unconfirmed sites in hotspots like Libya, Niger, and Somalia. The Pentagon has also told The Intercept that troop reductions in Africa will be modest and phased-in over several years and that no outposts are expected to close as a result of the personnel cuts.

According to a 2018 briefing by AFRICOM science adviser Peter E. Teil, the military’s constellation of bases includes 34 sites scattered across the continent, with high concentrations in the north and west as well as the Horn of Africa. These regions, not surprisingly, have also seen numerous U.S. drone attacks and low-profile commando raids in recent years. For example, Libya — the site of drone and commando missions, but for which President Donald Trump said he saw no U.S. military role just last year — is nonetheless home to three previously undisclosed outposts.

humphrey

AOC offers sunlight to pierce through the clouds on how things operate in DC.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/420090-ocasio-cortez-criticizes-congressional-orientation-program-for-featuring-ceos

Ocasio-Cortez, along with other new members, is in Boston this week for the Program for Newly-Elected Members of Congress at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

The self-described democratic socialist and Bronx native has fashioned herself as a champion of workers’ rights, and campaigned on a number of labor-related reforms including a universal jobs guarantee, paid family and sick leave and Medicare for All.

magsview

I found a nice young progressive activist that helped organize the recent charter school teacher’s strike in Chicago.

And if she anything to do with pushing back on arming teachers, Erika Wozniak has my support.

humphrey

Benny

magsview

Unreal, “You guys are way over your head”?? to members of Congress???

Cohen’s words come across as a threat to me.

humphrey

polarbear4

A threat, patronizing, and practically yelling, “We’re corrupt!” And you all had better learn to be, fast.

polarbear4

Dam straight! :0)

magsview

humphrey

It is enough to make one gag.

From the Politico article:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/06/democrats-get-on-board-with-manchin-for-energy-committee-post-1014354

I will just quote a few things from the article.

Senate Democrats are growing more comfortable with giving coal-friendly Sen. Joe Manchin a leading role in shaping climate policy.

“He may be the ranking member, but he’s part of a team when it comes to issues of climate change, issues of the environment,” Sen. Cory Booker, a likely presidential candidate, said of Manchin on Thursday. “I have a lot of confidence I can work with him to fight for a far more aggressive agenda for dealing with the planetary crisis of global warming.”

“Joe and I don’t see on eye-to-eye on a lot of issues, but he’s a really important member of our caucus. He wouldn’t be the only leader on issues of climate,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told reporters. “On climate, we’re going to make decisions collectively as a caucus. Nobody in our caucus has a veto over climate policy — whether they’re a ranking member on a committee or not.”

“If he does get it, he could well have the potential to grow into the role,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) told reporters. “You know you’re a senator from a state who likes coal and wants to push that, but that committee is all energy. You have to have a broader view.”

orlbucfan

Joe Manchin + Jim Inhofe = 2 Ecological disasters.

Torabs
Torabs

Booker, Murphy, and Udall, brandishing their sellout labels with pride.

How stupid do they think we are?

polarbear4

Gag me.

humphrey

A very good question.

humphrey

I would have never guessed this. It is all about the pistachios!

Benny

Just a reminder that Bernie is a guest on The Late Show with Colbert tonight.

humphrey

Its time for another tweet from Peter Douche.

humphrey

humphrey

There are many of the new members of congress speaking up.

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