Latin American communications routed through the United States, affirms Assange

THE journalist and creator of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, affirms that virtually the totality of communications from Latin America are routed through the United States, and that this country intercepts them in order to consolidate its influence in the world.

Latin American communications routed through the United States, affirms AssangeIt is a fact that 98% of telecommunications from Latin America to the rest of the world, including text messages, telephone calls, emails etc, pass through the U.S, Assange noted, in an interview withRussia Today conducted within the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he has been granted refuge.

Washington’s objective is to obtain information on how Latin America is behaving, where it is making economic transactions and the activities of leaders and major players, the Australian activist added.

In Assange’s opinion, this espionage allows the U.S. to predict, to a certain degree, the conduct of Latin American leaders and interests, and also to exert coercion on almost any significant person.

He explained that the United States had aggressively tried to disprupt economic exchange through intervention and its control of Swift, Visa, MasterCard or monies sent to Latin America via the Bank of America.

The United States is appropriating economic and telecommunications interactions and this poses a threat to national sovereignty, he observed.

In relation to the former CIA technician Edward Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia after having revealed mass espionage on the part of U.S. secret services, Assange noted that Wikileaks was formally and informally implicated in Snowden’s requests for asylum made to approximately 20 countries.

Assange believes that Snowden had a genuine possibility of gaining asylum in several countries and Wikileaks noted others to inform the public of rejections and thus generate debate, and to report how governments were responding to Snowden’s applications for asylum.

The Wikileaks founder recalled that Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador were the Latin American countries which indicated interest in granting asylum to Snowden.

The activities revealed by the former CIA analyst include espionage on Latin American leaders such as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who cancelled a visit to Washington, scheduled for October 23, since she considered the explanations offered by her counterpart Barack Obama insufficient.

According to these leaks, U.S. secret services also spied on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. (EFE


Julian Assange Says US Blockade Against Cuba is Immoral

Havana, Sep 26.- The founder of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, denounced the economic, financial and commercial U.S. blockade on Cuba today during a Havana-London videoconference conducted at the Press Information Center in the Cuban capital.

During the meeting, with the participation of journalists, journalism students, and bloggers from different Cuban cities, Assange expressed his interest in the situation faced by Cuba as a result of the U.S. blockade.

According to the online magazine Cubahora, Assange said that an exchange of opinions like the videoconference made it possible to break, at least for a moment, the immoral blockade suffered by Cuba for over 50 years.

He also said that his organization has learned from Cuba about confronting U.S. aggression, fundamentally in terms of principles, determination, humanity, ethical clarity and intelligence.

Assange also expressed solidarity with the cause of the Cuban Five. Four of these patriots are still in U.S. prisons for monitoring the actions of violent, anti-Cuban groups based in the United States.

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González were arrested in 1998 in Miami and given long sentences during a trial that a UN panel described as biased.

René González is now in Cuba after completing his sentence and a period of supervised freedom, and renouncing his US citizenship.

As a gesture of support for the Cuban Five, Assange appeared onscreen wearing a yellow ribbon pinned to his chest, a symbol used as part of the campaign for their freedom.

The dialogue closed a workshop of cyberjournalism given by Pedro Miguel Arce, editorial writer for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, sponsored by Havana’s Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism. (Prensa Latina)

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JULIAN Assange, a man known only to a very few in the world some months ago, is demonstrating that the most powerful empire to have existed in history can be challenged.

The daring challenge did not come from a rival superpower; from a state with more than 100 nuclear weapons; from a country with millions of inhabitants; from a group of nations with vast natural resources which the United States could not do without; or from a revolutionary doctrine capable of shaking to its foundations the empire based on plunder and exploitation of the world.

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