‘Not a matter of censorship’: Ecuador FM defends restrictions on Assange

Maria Fernanda Espinosa defended the move to cut Assange’s internet access in March, saying that he disregarded a vow to cease all “political activity” when he spoke out about the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. He also made repeated statements about Spain’s bid to stifle the independence movement in Catalonia.

“On several occasions he [Assange] has agreed on not intervening in internal politics of third-party countries and unfortunately he has not complied with his commitment, so for the time being he is not allowed to have access to the internet,” Espinosa told the Associated Press, adding that the restrictions are “not a matter of censorship.”

“I think all parties are interested in finding an outlet, a solution, to this complex situation,” she said. Espinosa was speaking from the UN headquarters in New York ahead of an election for the presidency of the next General Assembly.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, who was elected last year, recently told DW Spanish that Assange “continues to be a problem,” but added that his country “will respect his right to asylum if Assange respects the margins.”

The WikiLeaks founder was granted asylum by former President Rafael Correa in 2012, and he has been at the embassy in London ever since. Assange was facing charges in the US over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret US documents in 2010. His legal troubles in the UK, however, stem from allegations of sexual assault in Sweden, which were dropped last year. Assange feared Sweden would extradite him to the US, which is why he sought refuge in Ecuador. That, however, violated the conditions of his bail, according to the British High Court.

Ecuador is continuing its effort to get Assange out of embassy without him being arrested. The plans have been met with resistance by the British government.

READ MORE: Ecuador will respect Assange’s asylum right if he obeys ‘no politics’ condition

In addition to the secret US documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, WikiLeaks published emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and private emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, in the month before the 2016 US presidential election. US intelligence officials have accused WikiLeaks of being a “hostile foreign intelligence service.”

Assange fears that if he leaves the embassy, he will be arrested by the British authorities and extradited to the US, where he would be charged under the Espionage Act.

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J Prince stopped Drake from releasing career-ending Pusha T and Kanye West diss track

Hip-hop mogul J. (James) Prince revealed that Drake is sitting on a destructive diss track about Pusha T and Kanye West

In an interview with radio personality Sway, Prince said that Drake has agreed to not drop the song.

“After speaking with Kanye, I spoke with the brother, and he didn’t want this,” Prince told Sway. “I saw this going to a place that I feel would have ended his career if Drake would’ve put out this song that he had on him.”

He added that it “definitely would’ve hurt families.”

“That’s not Drake’s character to tear a man down to that extent,” he further explained.

Prince said that it would have gone beyond a typical rap beef if the track came out.

“The ingredients was overwhelming,” Prince said. “I know for a fact that it would have been bad for Kanye and my man.”

He continued, “It’s beyond music at that point. It’s going to affect the livelihood. It’s going to interfere with his whole lifestyle from that moment.”

Despite being questioned about whether or not the track would eventually come out, Prince maintained that the public wouldn’t see it.

“I don’t think it would leak, because he gave his word,” he said. “And me knowing Drake like I know him, he has a word.”

News about this unheard Drake song comes after Pusha released diss track “The Story of Adidon” last week.

The single – which features artwork of the “Nice For What” rapper in blackface – claims that he used his secret child with a former porn star to sell a sneaker line.

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Trump appears to forget lyrics to 'God Bless America' at his Celebration of America event

President Donald Trump appeared unable to remember the words to “God Bless America” at his Celebration of America event, which he had staged after accusing American athletes of being unpatriotic.

The president sang along to the first several words of the classic American tune on Tuesday, as the US Marine Band and US Army Chorus performed it behind him on the White House lawn. When the performers reached the words “to the oceans white with foam,” however, Mr Trump stopped singing, simply nodding his head along to the beat.

The event was originally scheduled to be a celebration of the Philadelphia Eagles, who won this year’s NFL Super Bowl. The White House uninvited the team, however, after several members said they would not be attending.

Mr Trump later claimed the Eagles players had dropped out of the event because of his own opposition to “taking a knee” – a popular form of protest in the NFL that involves kneeling during the national anthem.  

“[The Eagles] disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honour of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” Mr Trump said in a statement. “The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”

Instead, Mr Trump announced, the White House would host an event to “honour our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem”.

The president spoke for approximately four minutes at the event, according to pool reports, claiming the day’s turnout was “even bigger than we had anticipated”.

“We love our country. We respect our flag. We always proudly stand for the National Anthem,” he said, before joining the military bands in their rendition of “God Bless America”.

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US immigration enforcement arrests 114 people in one of largest workplace raids in Trump's presidency

US immigration enforcement officers have arrested 114 people in a massive workplace raid that is one of the largest since Donald Trump began his presidency.

Workers at two northern Ohio garden centres were detained in what officials said was a disciplined and coordinated effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, who surrounded the businesses before rounding up the individuals. They were later taken into custody.

A spokesman for ICE said an investigation into the Corso’s Flower and Garden Centre locations started in October of last year, and that the company is currently being investigated for a variety of charges related to the hiring of workers who are not authorised to be employed in the United States. The stores were located in the towns of Sandusky and Castalia, located about 50 miles from Cleveland.

“If your business is operating legitimately, there’s nothing to fear,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis said in a statement provided to The Independent. “If you are hiring illegal aliens as a business model, we will identify you, arrest you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

The ICE spokesperson said that it was not immediately clear what charges the workers who were detained would face, as the large number meant that it would take a while to process all of the cases.

Since Mr Trump became president, ICE has overseen a massive increase in the number of immigration workplace raids to try and arrest undocumented workers they argue are taking up positions that should be filled by immigrants who have gone through the legal process to work in the US, or by American workers themselves.

Between October of last year and May, for instance, the agency conducted 3,410 “workplace inspections” — double that of the rate during the entire fiscal year preceding that, when 1,716 of the operations were conducted.

Advocates say that the raids put a heavy burden on the communities, tearing breadwinners away from their families and putting strains on families who have lived in the US for decades and who may not have a strong connection to the countries where they are legally citizens.

Just two months ago, a raid at an eastern Tennessee slaughterhouse saw 97 people detained, leaving the small, rural community without a good number of workers. Since then, the community has had to help one another, and some of the families directly impacted by the raids have been forced to rely upon financial aid from a nearby church to make ends meet and keep their homes.

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Andy Murray pulls out of planned comeback at Libema Open as hip injury struggles take their toll

Andy Murray has pulled out of next week’s Libema Open at ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, where he had been hoping to make his long-awaited return to competition following hip surgery.

Although the former world No 1 insists that he is “getting closer to playing again” and is still hoping to come back “during the grass-court season”, his withdrawal from next week’s event confirms that his recovery has not been going as well as he had hoped. He took a break from training not long ago and has been back on court only in recent days.

“It is with regret that I won’t be ready to play in ’s-Hertogenbosch,” Murray said in a statement released by the tournament on Tuesday night. “I was excited to play there for the first time, but I am not quite ready to return. I am still aiming to play in the coming weeks, but I want to be 100 per cent when I do return.”

Murray is due to play in the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club the week after ’s-Hertogenbosch but will make a decision on whether to play there over the next seven or 10 days. Wimbledon starts in four weeks’ time on 2 July.

After having hip surgery in January Murray said that he did not want a repeat of his experiences at last year’s US Open and this year’s Brisbane International. He pulled out of both events before playing a match but after the draw had been made. 

Although he has pulled out of ’s-Hertogenbosch four days before the draw, Murray is now back in an all too familiar position of not knowing whether he will be fit enough to play in fast-approaching tournaments.

The 31-year-old Scot was first troubled by his hip problem during last year’s French Open and subsequently limped his way through Wimbledon. He has not played competitively since, having aborted comeback attempts at both the US Open and in Australia at the start of this year. It was after pulling out of the Australian Open that he opted for surgery.  

“It’s been very slow,” Murray said in video released by one of his sponsors on Tuesday. “I’ve been out for close to a year now, which is a lot longer than I think me and any of my team expected at the beginning. But I’m getting closer to playing again. I started training a few days ago and I’m hoping to make my comeback during the grass-court season.”

As for Wimbledon, which starts on 2 July, Murray said: “I’m hoping I’ll be there.”

Murray will not be seeded at any of the tournaments, including Wimbledon. Although the All England Club apply a seeding formula which gives a greater weight to recent grass-court results, the seeds must be ranked in the world’s top 32.

The 31-year-old Scot is currently ranked No 47 in the world but is likely to drop at least 100 places next week when his French Open ranking points from last year drop off.

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