Julian Assange who has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, was arrested by British authorities Thursday morning. Assange had been granted asylum at the embassy. In recent weeks there were public reports that Assange and his Ecuadorian handlers had, had a falling out. Rumors had been floating around for awhile that Assange would be evicted from the Embassy at some point.
The New York Times (@nytimes) reported, the United States charged Assange with one count of conspiracy to hack a government computer, hours after he was taken into custody by British authorities. The charge stems from Assange’s role in the 2010 release of reams of secret American documents. The charge stated that Assange agreed to break a password to a classified United States Government computer. “The Times” also stated that Assange had been on the United States Government’s radar since at least 2010 after he released American documents and videos about wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, along with confidential “cables” sent among diplomats.
Assange may be best known as the founder of the website Wikil-leaks. The site gained national attention when it was accused of releasing thousands of emails that had been stolen from the computer systems of the Democratic National Party during the United States’ 2016 presidential election. United States investigators say the system was hacked by Russians.
Assange has the right to fight extradition to the United States to face the charges. In November of 2010, after questioning two months prior, Sweden issued a warrant for Assange’s arrest over allegations of sexual assault and rape. Assange denied the charges, and also refused to stand trial in Sweden because he claimed he would be extradited to the United States for his role in publishing secret American documents if he did. Assange eventually surrendered to U.K authorities on December 7th of the same year. He was released on bail in less than 10-days. Assange challenged the extradition to Sweden, but was denied. Before he could be arrested, Assange fled and absconded. Gaining himself another charge. This time in the UK, for skipping out on bail. In 2012 Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador. He stayed at the Ecuadorian Embassy until his arrest Thursday morning. The United States may not be the only Country that wants to speak with Mr. Assange.
This is the type of thing that bothers me about “healthy living” type of people. They go out of their way to “dog” people for things like smoking, drinking, and…..of course eating fried foods and fast food. They claim there is a huge risk in doing these things that can potentially lead to health issues. I’m completely fine with people feeling that way. If you don’t partake, you don’t partake right? To each its own. But when you dog people for doing something, then go out of your way to do the same thing…with a healthy twist, I can’t help but to wonder who really has the issues?
KFC is now considering rolling out vegetarian fried chicken. Yup, you read that right. Two words that seem like they should never even be spoken in the same sentence are about to be combined by KFC. (Vegetarian/Chicken)
KFC has announced that it was testing a chicken-like vegetarian option in the UK. The food site Delish (@delish) reports, KFC is expected to use its famous signature recipe of 11 herbs and spices in the veg dish.
“Development of the recipe is still in its very early stages, and so the options we’re exploring in our kitchen are still top secret. Once we’ve perfected the recipe, we aim to test with customers this year, and if all goes well, we hope to launch a new vegetarian option in 2019.” A KFC spokesman said in a statement to the site Foodbeast.
In UK, they’re probably going to call this “The Great Chicken Crisis” of 2018. Probably not, but if this was happening in the USA, we’d probably be in a total panic right about now. I know I would. ABC News (@ABCNews) reports, Kentucky Fried Chicken has closed hundreds of locations in the UK and Ireland on Monday night after its shops ran out of chicken following delivery problems.
KFC switched its delivery contract to German shipping company DHL, which had promised to “set a new standard” after winning the huge contract with the chicken giant. On Monday, 575 KFC restaurants were closed. Stores had initially run out of chicken over the weekend.
“Due to administrative issues, a number of deliveries have been incomplete or delayed. We are doing our utmost to rectify the situation as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.” a DHL spokesperson said.
“I will sacrafice and give up so much for you.” Was the message UK Army sergeant Emile Cilliers once sent to one of his alleged mistresses. Turns out, Mr. Cillier wasn’t joking. Culliers is accused of attempting to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute before a skydive he organized as a “treat,” a jury has been told.
The Independent (@independent) reports that Emile Cilliers, 37, is accused of removing two vital components from the parachute rig, leaving his wife, Victoria Cilliers to plunge 4000 feet to the ground during her jump. Mrs. Cilliers survived the fall but sustained multiple injuries in the April 5, 2015 incident at Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire UK. Mr. Cilliers denies attempting to murder his wife.
Winchester Crown Court heard how Mrs. Cilliers sent a WhatsApp message to her husband jokingly asking if he was “trying to kill her” a few days before the skydive incident, after she found that the gas valve in their kitchen had been turned on and was leaking. Less than two weeks later, Mrs. Cilliers jumped out of an airplane on a skydive that had been organized by her husband, only to find that her chute would not deploy. The backup chute also failed to deploy. Mrs. Cilliers was not an amateur skydiver. She was a veteran who had more than 2600 successful jumps under her belt. Mrs. Cilliers used her skydiving experience to somewhat slow her descent to around 30 mph, and somehow avoid landing on a tarmacked road, which surely would’ve killed her. Mrs. Cilliers landed in a nearby field. Mrs. Cilliers was airlifted to the hospital, where she was treated for a broken pelvis, ribs, and vertebrae.
Mark Bayada, a chief instructor of the Army Parachute Association testified that “It was almost impossible for the components of the chute to come off by accident, and it was highly unlikely that the parachute’s tangled lines were the result of an error on Mrs. Cilliers part.”
Prosecutor Michael Bowes told the jury that Mr. Cilliers was having an affair with a woman he met on Tinder, and his ex wife. (two different women.) The prosecutor told jurors that Stefanie Goller was the woman Cilliers sent the message to stating that “he would sacrifice so much for her.” The prosecution also claims that Mr. Cilliers was $22,000 in debt. (sorry, don’t know how much that translates to in U.S. dollars, but I’m guessing it’s close to the same) Cilliers wrongfully believed that he would be collecting $120,000 in an insurance payout after his wife’s death. Mr. Cilliers denies two counts of attempted murder for the parachuting incident. Mr. Cilliers faces an additional count of attempted murder for the damaged gas valve back at the couple’s home.