Posts tagged ‘Ecuador’

August 19, 2014

Assange: ‘I’m probably OK to come out now, yeah?’

by philapilus

“I don’t get out much, but I thought the press would be the best people to ask about my chances for freedom, given their unimpeachable code of honour and great integrity.”

Julian Assange yesterday invited reporters to the Ecuadorian embassy, saying “I just wanted to see if you guys reckon I can come out of hiding yet?”

The Australian fled to the embassy two years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden on charges of sexual assault. He also fears incarceration by the US over the Wikileaks revelations.

Assange exhorted journalists to “Be honest; I really don’t want to make a boob here”, adding “but like, all that stuff was a

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March 13, 2013

A day in the life: Julian Assange

by articulatedsheep

Occasionally we ask a prominent public figure to explain what they do on a typical day. This time, it’s the turn of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

“Every day at the Embassy starts bright and early at 8.30am. Thanks to a complex system of bells and pulleys, from my bed I have immediate access to all the embassy staff, and as soon as I wake up I ring for the ambassador. Yesterday I had to give him a bit of a hard time because my egg had been over-boiled – I’m an easy-going guy and I don’t want to make a big thing out of it, but ultimately he has to understand that he has to be held accountable for his mistakes. I was, however, pleased with the warmth and texture of my toasty soldiers.

After a quick shower I start work for the day. I need space to carry out my vital duties as the world’s last, best defence against tyranny, and while the top two floors of the embassy are pretty poky, they just about suit my needs. At first some of the embassy staff complained that this, necessarily, meant that they were being confined to three rooms on the ground floor, but frankly that’s just the way it’s got to be.

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June 26, 2012

Lonesome George’s death proves creationism beyond any doubt

by philapilus
English: Richard Dawkins at New York City's Co...

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The passing of Lonesome George yesterday, the rarest animal on Earth, was a cause of great sadness to environmentalists, conservationists and fans of big, slow-moving things that don’t have sex – but has also had unexpected metaphysical consequences.

George was the last surviving member of the Pinta subspecies, and was seen as a living symbol of the theory of evolution, which Darwin developed partly through observing the subspecies of giant tortoises on the Galapagos islands.

But yesterday, discovering his corpse lying on its back, George’s keeper and zoo officials were shocked to spot a small maker’s signature on the roof of the mouth, reading simply ‘God, 1908’.

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