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Archive for April 28th, 2017

Amid Threats of Charges, WikiLeaks Founder Assange Still Waiting to Hear from U.S.

Julian Assange on Fox News

Julian Assange on Fox News

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. government said more than a week ago that it’s preparing criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other members of his organization, but so far Assange has not heard from the government, his lawyer told Mother Jones. 

“The only thing that’s happened is there’s been a very vibrant rumor mill,” Barry Pollack, Assange’s US-based lawyer, tells Mother Jones. “Obviously there’s been a lot of chatter, but the only thing I’ve seen is that the Department of Justice has sort of confirmed that it is looking at the Vault 7 leak,” —WikiLeaks’ March 7 dump of thousands of pages of CIA hacking tools.

The Department of Justice has not gotten back to me in any way or answered any of my repeated attempts to enter a dialogue with them to tell us what they’re actually doing,” Pollack says.

Pollack says it’s unclear what the government is planning.

“It is uncommon, in fact unprecedented in my experience, that they’re not willing to engage in a broad conversation about the status of the investigation and where a particular person fits in with respect to an investigation.”

Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid being picked up on sex charges from Sweden.

Wife of Bob Levinson Says FBI Believes Missing Ex-CIA Contractor Is Still Alive

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Is Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent and CIA contractor, still alive after going missing on a small Iranian island in 2007?

The FBI believes he is still alive, according to Gevinson’s wife, Christine Levinson.

The family last saw evidence that Levinson was alive when they saw a video of Levinson in late 2010. 

Levinson’s wife said the FBI told her that investigators have “no information to indicate” he’s not alive.

“[The Iranians] are responsible for him. He went missing on Kish Island, which is part of Iran. He was only there 24 hours and they know exactly what happened to him,” she said.

“Iran has said they will investigate and get back to us. Unfortunately, they never get back to us. They’ve said this for 10 years now,” said Levinson, adding she hopes the Trump administration will renew talks with Tehran about her husband.

“I know that President Trump is a deal-maker. He can get the job done,” she concluded.

Homeland Security Agent Acquitted in Boca Road Rage Case

Angel Echevarria

Angel Echevarria

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security agent who shot into an occupied vehicle following a road rage incident in September 2013 was acquitted Thursday by a Palm Beach County jury.

Angel Echevarria was charged with aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle, the Palm Beach Post reports. 

Police said Echevarria was cut off by a Toyota Camry and crashed as a result. When the former solider and special agent with Federal Protective Service honked his horn, “the driver and passenger of the red Toyota ‘flicked’ Echevarria off by making several threatening gun-like hand gestures, left the scene and turned into the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton,” Echevarria attorney Bruce Lehr wrote in court records.

Echevarria confronted the driver, Alla Juma, while carrying a .40-caliber handgun.

Jump tried to flee and nearly struck Echevarria and his wife, prompting the agent to fire one shot into the Toyota, missing Juma, his brother and Juma’s 3-year-old son.

“It is also undisputed that a subsequent search of the red Toyota revealed the following contraband: a loaded handgun located underneath the driver’s seat and a bag containing marijuana located in the trunk,” attorney Sherleen Mendez wrote in the Dec. 4, 2015 court filing.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Suspected of Starting Large Wild Fire

fire via pixabayBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are trying to determine whether an off-duty Border Patrol agent who was target shooting sparked a large wild fire in southern Arizona.

Border Patrol officials indicated in a statement to Fox News that they were aware of an investigation that “involves an off-duty Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent” that they did not identify.”

“The agent was involved in recreational shooting and immediately reported the fire after it begun,” officials with the Tucson Sector added.

State fire officials declined to comment on the investigation.

The fire burned 63 square miles of grass, brush and trees.

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