Julian Assange Speaks From Ecuadorian Embassy In London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spoken for the first time since seeking asylum two months ago in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Julian Assange

Assange appeared on the balcony of the embassy and read a prepared statement. The appearance lasted nine minutes. He called on the United States to “do the right thing” and end its “war on whistleblowers”.

  • Listen to Assange (9m)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Text of Julian Assange’s statement.

I am here because I cannot be closer to you.

Thank you for being here.

Thank you for your resolve, and your generosity of spirit.

On Wendsday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy, and the police descended on the building, you came out in the middle of the night to watch over it, and you brought the words’s eyes with you.

Inside the embassy,after dark, I could hear teams of police swarming up into the building through the internal fire escape.

But I knew that there would be witnesses. [Read more…]

Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

Ecuador has agreed to grant asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange is an Australian citizen. He has been in Ecuador’s London embassy for the past two months since seeking asylum shortly after English courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to face sex charges.

Ecuador has issued a statement of reasons for their decision. British Foreign Secretary William Hague has also made a statement on the asylum decision.

This is Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, explaining the decision to grant asylum:

Statement from Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Integration. (Google Translation)

Declaration by the Government of the Republic of Ecuador on the asylum application Assange

On June 19, 2012, the Australian national citizen Julian Assange, appeared at the premises of the Embassy of Ecuador in London, to request diplomatic protection of the Ecuadorian State to benefit from the existing rules on Diplomatic Asylum. The applicant has based its request on the fear that the eventual results might suffer political persecution in a third country, it could use his extradition to the Kingdom of Sweden to get to turn the subsequent extradition to that country.

The Government of Ecuador, faithful to the asylum procedure and attach the utmost seriousness in this case, has reviewed and evaluated all aspects involved in it, particularly the arguments presented by Mr. Assange to support the fear they feel about a situation that this person perceives as a threat to life, personal safety and freedom.

It is important to note that Mr. Assange has taken the decision to seek asylum and protection of Ecuador over allegations that it says, have been made ??by alleged “espionage and treason”, which exposes the citizen who inspires fear the possibility of being handed over to the United States of America by the British, Swedish or Australian, for he is a country, said Mr. Assange, chasing him because of the declassification of information embarrassing to the U.S. Government. Is also the applicant, that “a victim of persecution in various countries, which derives not only from their ideas and actions, but of their work to publish information which compromises the powerful, to publish the truth and, Therefore, exposing corruption and severe human rights abuses of citizens around the world.” [Read more…]

At Royal Ascot, Black Caviar Wins Her 22nd Race

Well, it’s important political news, isn’t it?

The Twitter hashtag #BlackCaviar went berserk before, during and after the race. This is a short video I took of my TweetDeck screen. At its peak it was twice as fast as this. In four years of Twitter use, I can’t recall any topic attracting such volume and speed of posts.

Queen Offers Thanks For Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The Queen has delivered a short televised message of thanks for the celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

Flanked by a picture of Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Queen’s message maintained the symbolism of the Royal Family’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace earlier in the day. The picture was one of the current Queen and the future Kings. Other members of the family, often seen on these occasions, were absent. It was a picture of certainty, stability and the future.

  • Listen to the Queen’s message (2m)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

[Read more…]

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Some images from the final of four days of Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

These pictures show the Royal Family’s carriage ride from Westminster Hall, along The Mall, to Buckingham Palace. The family’s appearance on the balcony of the palace was accompanied by a fly-past.

Earlier, the Queen attended a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams gave the sermon and paid tribute to the Queen.

  • Listen to Archbishop Rowan Williams pay tribute to the Queen (7m)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

  • Download a copy of the order of service for The National Service of Thanksgiving

60th Jubilee Celebrations For Queen Elizabeth II

London’s Tower Bridge is raised during the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

Tower Bridge

The Queen’s Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas Message to the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth II

  • Listen to the Queen’s 2011 Christmas Message (7m)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

‘The Iron Lady’ Trailer

Cameron Mimics Gillard: “This is good news for sheilas everywhere”

The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has mimicked Julia Gillard’s comments on changes to the rules of Royal succession.

Delivering a foreign policy speech to the Lord Mayor of London’s banquet, Cameron said Gillard described the changes which will remove discrimination against first-born daughters succeeding to the throne as “good news for sheilas everywhere”.

[Read more…]

Rupert Murdoch Attacked With Cream Pie During Hearing

Rupert Murdoch was attacked by a man with a foam pie during his appearance with son James at a House of Commons select committee hearing into the News of the World phone hackings.