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« on: July 30, 2012, 08:38:16 PM »
Hey, did any of you hear before this that Julian Assange is now Holed Up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid Extradition to Sweden, or worse to the FSofA?  If there was Newz of this before, I missed it.  In there since Mid-June.

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Assange Mom Says WikiLeaks Founder Suffering

 By DIEGO TORRES Associated Press

QUITO, Ecuador July 30, 2012 (AP)

 The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Monday after meeting with Ecuador's foreign minister that she's worried about her son's health after nearly seven weeks' confinement at the South American nation's London embassy.
 
"He is under a lot of stress and it's been long-term stress now for nearly two years and in conditions which are similar to detention," Christine Assange told The Associated Press.
 
Her son took refuge in the embassy on June 19, requesting political asylum after exhausting all legal appeals to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about sexual misconduct allegations.
 
Julian Assange, who angered U.S. officials by publishing secret U.S. diplomatic cables and military documents, calls the accusations trumped up and says he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States for trial.
 
Ecuadorean officials have said they will not announce a decision on the asylum request until after the London Olympic Games end in mid-August.
 
Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said his country is doing "everything possible to protect the life of Mr. Assange."
 
"For that reason we are engaged in conversation with the Swedish and government and also with Great Britain before speaking to the United States," he added.

 Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino,... View Full Caption

 Ecuadorean officials are seeking assurances that Sweden and Britain would not allow Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported last week, citing unnamed officials at the country's London embassy.
 
Patino did not confirm that but echoed the concern expressed by Assange's mother that the WikiLeaks founder would be mistreated if sent to the United States.
 
"We have received very sensitive information about torture that Australian citizens have received at the (U.S.) Guantanamo base, American citizens, too, and of a possible trial that a grand jury in Virginia is preparing against Julian Assange," he told reporters after meeting with her.
 
The reference was to terror suspects that the U.S. has kept at Guantanamo and unconfirmed claims by Julian Assange's supporters that U.S. officials plan to indict him, as occurred with U.S. serviceman Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks.
 
Patino said Ecuador's ambassador in Sweden is requesting that Swedish prosecutors visit Julian Assange in the London embassy and question him there.
 
Christine Assange was asked by the AP if Ecuador would grant asylum to her son if it is unable to secure guarantees from Sweden and Britain that he will not be extradited to the United States.
 
"I don't know," she said in an interview.
 
She said she speaks to her son about every 10 days, and they don't much discuss his day-to-day life.
 
"We are also aware that our phones are being monitored and do not wish to talk about personal matters," she said,.
 
Christine Assange said her son doesn't get any natural sun light so she is arranging "for thinks like a sunlamp."
 
She said he has a treadmill to run on for exercise, and friends "turn the music on and encourage him to dance with them."
 
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Associated Press writer Frank Bajak contributed to this report from Lima, Peru
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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 11:41:51 PM »
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I've kept up on Julian and was waiting to see what he would do as the clock was ticking on his extradition to Sweden (for at least a day until he was sent to share a room with Bradley Manning at Leavenworth). So I noticed when the news came out that he whipped into the Ecuadorian embassy. What gets me about this guy is his ridicule of the UFO phenomena and total absence of damning emails showing prior knowledge of 9/11 by elites in the U.S. and Israel. Nothing about airline stock shorting either. Then those two lawyers he had were not very convincing. The one that looked like a recovering alcoholic always looked out of breath and the other (the female) lawyer fawning over Julian like he was Elvis or something. Sure, he was being set up by the two honey pots in Sweden because he pissed off the MIC but why the blind spot on Israel? Is he trying to pick his battles and do some realpolitik with everyone else?

He did blow the whistle on the Monsanto/U.S. government full court press on Europe complete with threats of economic retaliation if Europe didn't allow GM crap in so that was a nice kick in the nuts to the predatory capitalists but he isn't saying anything good about Syria right now when it's an in-your-face imperialist takeover attempt by the U.S. and NATO.

Maybe he has been turned and now they will use wikileaks for disinfo or some kind of controlled opposition like Thom Hartmann and Amy Goodman. I no longer trust the dude but he did some great stuff so I hope he makes it to Ecuador.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012, 05:36:35 AM »
RE Quote "Hey, did any of you hear before this that Julian Assange is now Holed Up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid Extradition to Sweden, or worse to the FSofA?  If there was Newz of this before, I missed it.  In there since Mid-June."

Yes I was aware. He became convinced the Brits were going to screw him and sought sanctuary.

What a remarkable person. I hold him in very high esteem and he is a great inspiration as to how much good one person can perform. Nothing makes me more ashamed of our press and governments than their treatment of this heroic individual. In exile for exposing the dirty linen of the swine that rule over us.  :(

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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012, 12:30:56 PM »
The pursuit of Julian Assange is an Assault on Freedom and a Mockery of Journalism
by John Pilger



Global Research, August 23, 2012
http://www.johnpilger.com/ 

The British government's threat to invade the Ecuadorean embassy in London and seize Julian Assange is of historic significance. David Cameron, the former PR man to a television industry huckster and arms salesman to sheikdoms, is well placed to dishonour international conventions that have protected Britons in places of upheaval. Just as Tony Blair's invasion of Iraq led directly to the acts of terrorismin London on 7 July 2005, so Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague have compromised the safety of British representatives across the world.

Threatening to abuse a law designed to expel murderers from foreign embassies, while defaming an innocent man as an "alleged criminal", Hague has made a laughing stock of Britain across the world, though this view is mostly suppressed in Britain. The same brave newspapers and broadcasters that have supported Britain's part in epic bloody crimes, from the genocide in Indonesia to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, now attack the "human rights record" of Ecuador, whose real crime is to stand up to the bullies in London and Washington.
 
It is as if the Olympics happy-clappery has been subverted overnight by a revealing display of colonial thuggery. Witness the British army officer-cum-BBC reporter Mark Urban "interviewing" a braying Sir Christopher Meyer, Blair's former apologist in Washington, outside the Ecuadorean embassy, the pair of them erupting with Blimpish indignation that the unclubbable Assange and the uncowed Rafael Correa should expose the western system of rapacious power. Similar affront is vivid in the pages of the Guardian, which has counselled Hague to be"patient" and that storming the embassy would be "more trouble than it is worth". Assange was not a political refugee, the Guardian declared, because "neither Sweden nor the UK would in any case deport someone who might face torture or the death penalty".

The irresponsibility of this statement matches the Guardian's perfidious role in the whole Assange affair. The paper knows full well that documents released by WikiLeaks indicate that Sweden has consistently submitted to pressure from the United States in matters of civil rights. In December 2001, the Swedish government abruptly revoked the political refugee status of two Egyptians, Ahmed Agiza and Mohammedel-Zari, who were handed to a CIA kidnap squad at Stockholm airport and "rendered" to Egypt, where theywere tortured. An investigation by the Swedish ombudsman for justice found that the government had "seriously violated" the two men's human rights. In a 2009 US embassy cable obtained by WikiLeaks, entitled "WikiLeaks puts neutrality in the Dustbin of History", the Swedish elite's vaunted reputation for neutrality is exposed as a sham. Another US cable reveals that "the extent of [Sweden'smilitary and intelligence] cooperation [with Nato] is not widely known" and unless kept secret "would open the government to domestic criticism".

The Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, played a notorious leading role in George W Bush's Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and retains close ties to the Republican Party's extreme right. According to the former Swedish director of public prosecutions Sven-Erik Alhem, Sweden's decision to seek the extradition of Assange on allegations of sexual misconduct is "unreasonable and unprofessional, as well as unfair and disproportionate". Having offered himself for questioning, Assange was given permission to leave Sweden for London where, again, he offered to be questioned. In May, in a final appeal judgment on the extradition, Britain's Supreme Court introduced more farce by referring to non-existent "charges".

Accompanying this has been a vituperative personal campaign against Assange. Much of it has emanated from the Guardian, which, like a spurned lover,has turned on its besieged former source, having hugely profited from WikiLeaks disclosures. With not a penny going to Assange or WikiLeaks, a Guardian book has led to a lucrative Hollywood movie deal.The authors, David Leigh and Luke Harding, gratuitously abuse Assange as a "damaged personality" and "callous". They also reveal the secret password he had given the paper in confidence, which was designed to protect a digital file containing the US embassy cables. On 20 August, Harding was outside the Ecuadorean embassy, gloating on his blog that "Scotland Yard may get the last laugh". It is ironic, if entirely appropriate, that a Guardian editorial putting the paper's latest boot into Assange bears an uncanny likeness to the Murdoch press's predictable augmented bigotry on the same subject. How the glory of Leveson, Hackgate and honourable, independent journalism doth fade.
 
His tormentors make the point of Assange's persecution. Charged with no crime, he is not a fugitive from justice. Swedish case documents, including the text messages of the women involved, demonstrate to any fair-minded person the absurdity of the sex allegations - allegations almost entirely promptly dismissed by the senior prosecutor in Stockholm, Eva Finne, before the intervention of a politician, Claes Borgstr?At the pre-trial of Bradley Manning, a US army investigator confirmed that the FBI was secretly targeting the "founders, owners or managers of WikiLeaks" for espionage.
 
Four years ago, a barely noticed Pentagon document, leaked by WikiLeaks, described how WikiLeaks and Assange would be destroyed with a smear campaign leading to "criminal prosecution". On 18 August, the Sydney Morning Herald disclosed, in a Freedom of Information release of official files, that the Australian government had repeatedly received confirmation that the US was conducting an "unprecedented" pursuit of Assange and had raised no objections. Among Ecuador's reasons for granting asylum is Assange's abandonment "by the state of which he is a citizen". In 2010, an investigation by the Australian Federal Police found that Assange and WikiLeaks had committed no crime. His persecution is an assault on us all and on freedom.

For more information on John Pilger, please visit his website at http://www.johnpilger.com/
 
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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2012, 07:56:40 AM »
Julian Assange arrest plan revealed accidentally
Picture shows officer holding document with instructions to arrest WikiLeaks founder whether he leaves in diplomatic car or bag

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guardian.co.uk, Friday 24 August 2012 18.46 EDT



A police officer holding a document apparently saying Julian Assange is to be arrested in any circumstances if he comes out of the Ecuadorean embassy. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA

Plans to seize Julian Assange "under all circumstances" the moment he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London have accidentally been revealed by a police officer displaying restricted documents outside the embassy.

The document, pictured under the officer's arm by a Press Association photographer, appears to advocate arresting the WikiLeaks founder whether he leaves the building in a diplomatic bag or in a diplomatic car.

The handwritten plan was recorded at a police briefing and only partially covered by the officer's arm as he arrived at the embassy in Knightsbridge on Friday.

The brief begins: "BRIEF – EQ. Embassy brief – Summary of current position Re Assange. Action required – Assange to be arrested under all circumstances." It then makes reference to a "dip bag" and a "dip vehicle".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The document is one officer's notes from a briefing. Our objective is to arrest Julian Assange for breach of bail. Under no circumstances would any arrest be made which was in breach of diplomatic immunity."

Assange, who has been in the building for two months, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over claims of sexual assault.

He is refusing to travel to Scandinavia amid fears he will be extradited to the United States over his controversial website. Ecuador granted the Australian political asylum last week.

The UK government has made it clear Assange, who denies the allegations, will be arrested if he steps outside the embassy after jumping bail.

Speculation has been rife about possible escape routes, and Assange's legal team and the Ecuadorean government have talked about the possibility of safe passage to Ecuador.

Ambassadors from several South American countries went to the embassy on Friday to show their solidarity with Ecuador.

The British government has threatened, under a 1987 Act, to enter the embassy and arrest the 41-year-old, but foreign secretary William Hague has said there is no intention to "storm" the building.

Ecuador's president has said the diplomatic row "could be ended tomorrow" if Britain gave the activist safe passage to South America.
 
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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread: No Assange DNA on Condom
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2012, 04:43:14 AM »

A ripped condom given to Swedish police by one of Julian Assange’s accusers does not contain the WikiLeaks founder’s DNA, forensic scientists have reportedly found.

In a 100-page document shown to Assange’s lawyers, it was revealed that the torn prophylactic, having been examined by staff at two forensic laboratories, did not bear conclusive evidence that Assange had ever worn it, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

Assange’s lawyers said the lack of DNA evidence on the condom, which was allegedly used during a supposed August 2010 sexual assault, indicates that a fake one could have been submitted.

The woman in question, now aged 33, claims to have been molested by Assange at her flat in Stockholm. She says that at one point he deliberately broke a condom in order to have unprotected sex with her.

http://rt.com/news/assange-condom-no-dna-277/

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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 09:48:33 AM »
 Setting aside MR. REANTEBENS remarks that "all girls like to be fucked without a condom " since HE is so terribly and completely knowledgeable on such matters, how many people believe there is any truth to the claim by Assange's former partner that Assange bragged that he has four children by four different women in four different areas of the world. Four children that he neither sees nor helps to support materially or financially, the last being an infant born to a nineteen year old. If this is true, what a hero! What a MANLY man that he can throw his sperm around  no DNA evidence to the contrary. A mixed bag? A poor flawed but so intelligent human? Does doing good on the one hand exempt you from responsibility on the other. Or does spreading his nasty semen around prove he is ever so masculine an animal, overpopulating to the point of starvation come hell or high water, no brains or self control afterall, just a big mouth, and an out of control ego?

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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 11:37:02 AM »
karpatok, I didn't say ALL. I said "girls like..".  believe it or not, appropriately throwing caution to the wind during sex can intensify the experience, across all genders. in this secular age of pornography, morning-after pills, and "feminism", women can at long last be both the madonna AND the whore... that men have always wished they could be, LOL. just not simultaneously, LOL. I never said it was radical; on the contrary, it's dreadfully conventional.


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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 11:52:03 AM »
   Well YEAH PRECIOUS REANTEBEN: Instead of your foot I guess you've put your dick in your mouth on this one and everything I said about Assange applies to you as well you Studly jerk.

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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 01:49:03 PM »
   Well YEAH PRECIOUS REANTEBEN: Instead of your foot I guess you've put your dick in your mouth on this one and everything I said about Assange applies to you as well you Studly jerk.

whatever, K. better that than choking down the Code of Hammurabi like david icke.

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Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread Julian Assange to make 'Balcony Speech'
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2012, 06:13:12 PM »
Julian Assange to make 'balcony speech' from Ecuador embassy
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Julian Assange is due to address his supporters from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, marking six months since he was granted asylum inside the building.

It will be the second time the WikiLeaks founder, who took refuge at the embassy in June, has delivered a message from the balcony.

He faces extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims, which he denies.

Crowds are expected to gather outside the embassy in the Knightsbridge area to watch the speech.

Australian Mr Assange, 41 - whose Wikileaks website published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables embarrassing a number of countries - fears his extradition could lead to him being sent to the US and punished for releasing top secret documents.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20790604#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa   :icon_study:

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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread: Interview from Democracy Now
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2013, 05:04:23 AM »
Member Jaded Prole posted an interesting interview from DemocracyNow with Julian Assange that I thought I would call Diner's attention too. Could not imbed the video but link and description provided.

           
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Julian Assange Interview

on DemocracyNow! in which he speaks about fighting the U.S/CIA orchestrated international crackdown on WikiLeaks and others who challenge an ever more consolidated National Security Empire in service to global capital.

http://jadedprol.blogspot.com/2013/06/julian-assange-interview.html :icon_study:

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Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed :'( :-[

Bradley Manning WikiLeaks trial begins, three years after arrest

Bradley Manning, the US Army private, goes before a military judge, charged with leaking classified documents to an Internet website. Bradly Manning faces 21 charges.


 Fort Meade, Maryland

More than three years ago, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq and charged in the biggest leak of classified information in US history.

Since then, he admitted to sending troves of material to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and pleaded guilty to charges that would send him to prison for up to 20 years. The US military and the Obama administration weren't satisfied, though, and pursued a charge of aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence.

The trial on that most serious charge and 20 other offenses begins Monday for the 25-year-old former intelligence analyst from Oklahoma. It's the most high-profile case for an administration that has come under criticism for its crackdown on leakers. The six prosecutions since Obama took office is more than in all other presidencies combined.

Manning chose to have his court-martial heard by a judge instead of a jury. It is expected to run all summer.

In February, Manning told military judge Army Col. Denise Lind he leaked the material to expose the American military's "bloodlust" and disregard for human life in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said he did not believe the information would harm the U.S. and he wanted to start a debate on the role of the military and foreign policy.

The judge accepted his guilty plea to reduced charges for about half of the alleged offenses, but prosecutors did not and moved forward with a court-martial on charges including violations of the Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Manning's supporters hail him as a whistle-blowing hero and a political prisoner. Others view him as a traitor.

About 20 Manning supporters demonstrated Monday morning in the rain outside the visitor gate at Fort Meade. They waved signs reading "free Bradley Manning" and "protect the truth" while chanting "What do want? Free Bradley. When do we want it? Now."

US officials have said the more than 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department cables sent to WikiLeaks endangered lives and national security.

The material WikiLeaks began publishing in 2010 documented complaints of Iraqi detainee abuses; a US tally of civilian deaths in Iraq; and America's weak support for the government of Tunisia — a disclosure Manning supporters said encouraged the popular uprising that ousted the Tunisian president in 2011 and helped trigger the Middle Eastern pro-democracy uprisings known as the Arab Spring.

Last month, the government agreed to accept Manning's guilty plea for one lesser version of one count, involving a single diplomatic cable summarizing US embassy discussions with Icelandic officials about the country's financial troubles.

Manning also acknowledged sending WikiLeaks unclassified video of a 2007 US Apache helicopter attack that killed civilians, including a Reuters photographer. An internal military investigation concluded the troops reasonably mistook the camera equipment for weapons; WikiLeaks dubbed the video "Collateral Murder."

The release of the cables and video embarrassed the US and its allies. The Obama administration has said it threatened valuable military and diplomatic sources and strained America's relations with other governments, but the specific amount of damage hasn't been publicly revealed and probably won't be during the trial.

Lind ruled the extent of any damage is irrelevant. Defense attorney David Coombs contends it was minimal.

Much of the evidence is classified, which means large portions of the trial are likely to be closed to reporters and the public.

Lead prosecutor Maj. Ashden Fein told Lind in February that more than half of the government's 141 anticipated witnesses would testify about classified information, which would close up to 30 percent of the trial.

The judge tested alternatives to closing the courtroom, such as using code words and unclassified summaries, but Lind said it didn't work.

Prosecutors revealed plans earlier this year to call a member of the Navy SEAL team that raided Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011. He was to testify in closed court, in disguise, that he found digital evidence indicating the al-Qaeda leader saw some of the material Manning released.

He will likely be scratched, though, if Lind accepts an agreement the lawyers announced last month to offer the bin Laden evidence without the testimony.

The court-martial's high degree of secrecy, including refusals to promptly release even routine filings and rulings, has fueled protests by Manning supporters. The Bradley Manning Support Network says it has raised more than $1.1 million for his defense and public outreach.

Supporters include documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, musician Graham Nash, actor John Cusack and Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.

Ellsberg, a former military analyst, has said Manning's disclosures may be more significant than his own leak of a top-secret history of the Vietnam War expansion in 1971.

Manning's case gained even more attention when human rights groups and the United Nations' chief torture investigator complained about his pretrial confinement at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va.

For nine months, Manning was held alone in a windowless cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing. Brig officials said it was to keep him from hurting himself or others.

Lind ruled Manning had been illegally punished and should get 112 days off any prison sentence he receives. Manning was moved in April 2011 to less restrictive conditions at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

His case has also led to films. In a documentary released last month, Manning was portrayed sympathetically in "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks."

The film left an unflattering impression of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is the subject of a separate federal investigation into whether he can be prosecuted for publishing the information Manning leaked.

Manning told the court he corresponded online with someone he believed to be Assange but never confirmed the person's identity.

WikiLeaks has been careful never to confirm or deny Manning was the source of the documents.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex-crimes allegations.
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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2013, 09:20:22 AM »
That poor kid will never breathe free air in this lifetime. He's going to take the brunt of the intense hatred the military-industrial types have for Julian Assange in particular and truth in journalism in general. He's screwed.
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2013, 09:29:35 AM »
That poor kid will never breathe free air in this lifetime. He's going to take the brunt of the intense hatred the military-industrial types have for Julian Assange in particular and truth in journalism in general. He's screwed.

Feel bad for him myself Doc, the idealism of youth sort of thing.

There are two sides to this coin however, Bradley was in the military and was under clear oaths and restrictions, while Assange's treatment as a free citizen and whistle blower makes me ashamed of the entire system of justice we are living under.

 

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