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Ecuadorian Embassy Says They Will Continue to Protect Assange

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Calling the situation with Julian Assange “untenable,” Ecuadorian Foreign minister María Fernanda Espinosa, said that the WikiLeaks Founder must be removed eventually, but they are still going to protect him.

Assange is afraid to leave the embassy, because he believes that the US Government will immediately extradite him to the United States to face currently unknown charges.

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told reporters that her nation is looking for a third country or prominent international figure to help broker the stalemate over Assange, who entered the embassy in London in June 2012.

“We will continue to protect Julian Assange,” Espinosa said in a tweet. But she told reporters gathered for an annual news conference earlier that “a person cannot live in these conditions forever.”

“We are also considering and exploring the possibility of mediation. … It could be a third country or a personality,” Espinosa said, according to Agence France Presse, a news agency.

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Intel Chiefs: Don’t Buy Chinese Phones

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Six top U.S. intelligence chiefs told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday they would not advise Americans to use products or services from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei.

The six — including the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of national intelligence — first expressed their distrust of Apple-rival Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE in reference to public servants and state agencies.

When prompted during the hearing, all six indicated they would not recommend private citizens use products from the Chinese companies.

“We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks,” FBI Director Chris Wray testified.

On top of that, the Phone maker was caught buying fake reviews. Huawei’s new flagship phone, the Mate 10 Pro, is available for pre-order in the US despite not having any deals with US carriers — so to get some attention, it seems the company has stooped to having fake reviews for the new phone planted online, as spotted by 9to5Google.

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Police Recommend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Arrested for Bribery

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The Israel Police recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two alleged corruption cases.

The recommendation, made public on Tuesday evening, comes after yearlong investigations into the two alleged corruption cases.

State prosecutors must now decide whether or not to file indictments.

Netanyahu in an address to the nation Tuesday night maintained his innocence, saying the recommendations “cast a dark shadow” and “have no place in a democratic state.”

“I will keep working for the good of the country, not for cigars from a friend and not for better media coverage,” he said in reference to the accusations.

During his tenure as prime minister, some 15 investigations have been opened against Netanyahu to “topple me from power,” he said. The prime minister said he is sure he will be re-elected in the next national elections, which are scheduled for November 2019.

Netanyahu is at the center of two probes. In one, known as Case 1000, he allegedly received expensive gifts from supporters in return for advancing their interests, including expensive cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

In the other, Case 2000, Netanyahu is alleged to have conspired with Arnon Mozes, the owner of the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot, to advance legislation hobbling the free and pro-Netanyahu tabloid Israel Hayom bankrolled by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

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Russia Making Deals with Israel and Palestinians To Control Peace Process

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Palestinians have given up working with the US on the Peace Process, and instead have decided that Putin was better than Trump.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea summer beach resort of Sochi on February 12.

“We are hoping that Russia and the EU will step in to fill the void,” the PA official said. “We believe that these countries should and can play a larger role in any peace process in the wake of the Trump administration’s hostile policies toward the Palestinians and bias in favor of Israel.”

The US has already lost a lot of influence in Israel, as Putin and his oligarchs have invested heavily in Alternative Energy in Israel – something that the US lags far behind. Additionally, Putin has visited Israel several times.

A large delegation of senior Russian security officials is slated to arrive in Jerusalem on Wednesday for talks on Iran’s entrenchment in Syria and Lebanon, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday.

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