Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido reappeared in the street in videos distributed Saturday by his team and parliamentary allies, after foreign minister Jorge Arreaza claimed he had taken refuge in the French embassy in Caracas. Guaido, the parliamentary speaker who is recognized as interim president of Venezuela by 50 countries, was referring to the accusation by the United States of “narcoterrorism” against the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro. The videos — which did not specify the date or location they were filmed — were released after Arreaza on Thursday said Guaido was hiding in the French embassy, and demanded he be handed over to “Venezuelan justice.”-
Julian Assange became a father to two sons while spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, it has emerged. The WikiLeaks founder, who has been held in Belmarsh Prison since being dragged out of the embassy last year, was reportedly able to keep the births of Gabriel and Max secret from officials and diplomats. He had to watch his fiancee Stella Morris, 37, give birth over video link while he was seeking refuge at the embassy. The revelations emerged in court documents in the US, where he faces 17 charges under the Espionage Act and one of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. The couple first met in 2011 and got engaged in 2017. The two boys, Gabriel and Max, are now three and one respectively. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Ms Morris revealed Assange watched both children being born in London hospitals via live video link, and he was able to meet Gabriel after he was smuggled into the embassy. A friend carried him into the embassy, appearing to pass off the child as their own, she said. She said: “I love Julian deeply and I am looking forward to marrying him. “Over the past five years I have discovered that love makes the most intolerable circumstances seem bearable but this is different – I am now terrified I will not see him alive again. “Julian has been fiercely protective of me and has done his best to shield me from the nightmares of his life. “I have lived quietly and privately, raising Gabriel and Max on my own and longing for the day we could be together as a family.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fathered two children with one of his lawyers while holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London for much of the past decade, according to a report Sunday confirmed by the mother. The 48-year-old Australian is the dad of two boys, aged two and one, with lawyer Stella Morris, to whom he is engaged, she confirmed following a Mail on Sunday report. Assange is currently being held in London’s high security Belmarsh prison as he fights an extradition request by the United States to stand trial there on espionage charges.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange fathered two children with a lawyer who was helping him fight extradition to the U.S. while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, according to The Daily Mail. The lawyer, Stella Morris, told the Mail that she had decided to come forward about the relationship now because she fears for his life as long as he is in the high-security Belmarsh prison. Assange has been at the prison in London since last spring, when he was sentenced to 50 weeks. The Mail also cited court records regarding the United States' attempted extradition of Assange that mentioned the two young children.Assange reportedly began a relationship with Morris in 2015, and the couple has been engaged since 2017. Their first child, Gabriel, was born in 2017, and their second, Max, was born in February 2019, his birth filmed with a GoPro and the footage sent to Assange, according to the Mail. Both sons have reportedly visited him in prison.“I have lived quietly and privately, raising Gabriel and Max on my own and longing for the day we could be together as a family,” she told the Mail. Morris believes intelligence officers and embassy security plotted to steal the babies' DNA via their discarded diapers in early 2018. She took care never to arrive together with her sons at the embassy when visiting Assange, the Mail reported.The actor Tracy Ward and the rapper M.I.A. are the children's godmothers, according to the Mail.Assange and Morris plan to marry while he is in prison if he does not get released, she said. Morris fears Assange's life is in danger in the prison where he is being held as the new coronavirus spreads among inmates there. “Julian’s poor physical health puts him at serious risk, like many other vulnerable people, and I don't believe he will survive infection with coronavirus,” she said.Assange spent seven years in the embassy while evading extradition to the United States on charges of violating the Espionage Act by obtaining and disseminating hundreds of thousands of classified documents provided by former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010. Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election uncovered evidence that Assange and Wikileaks had worked with Russian agents to obtain and release emails sent by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Assange has denied the cooperation.The couple initially met in 2011 when one of Assange’s lawyers introduced him to Morris, who was born in Sweden, to help the Wikileaks founder fight sexual assault charges in the Scandanavian nation. The charges were dropped, and Assange has maintained his innocence. A fluent Spanish speaker, Morris also helped Assange seek asylum in South America. She reportedly changed her name from Sara Gonzalez Devant to attract less attention when filing legal documents on his behalf. “There’s nothing I regret—but I want my boys to have their father back,” Morris told the Mail.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.