‘Surreally idiotic’: Ecuador’s suggestion Assange used CAT FOR SPYING triggers WikiLeaks response
An exclusive story, revealing spurr-ious details about Assange’s stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was spun by Daily Mail on Friday. The piece has since raised quite a few eyebrows with its bold but unfounded claims, including some quite outlandish statements by the Ecuadorian ambassador.
Among other things, Ecuador’s UK Ambassador Jaime Marchan brought up the pawsibility Assange’s famous Embassy Cat might have been up to something dodgy, claiming the whole diplomatic mission was wary of the critter.
“It could go in every room – we were suspicious it may carry a device ... to spy on us,” the diplomat said.
Many of those not feline good about such an assumption accused Ecuador of waging a vicious smear campaign against Assange and his pet. The WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, alleged the rumor spreading is aimed at diverting attention from the “disgraceful expulsion” of the whistleblowing website’s founder from the diplomatic mission.
Demented stories about Assange are now being spread by president Lenin Moreno and his mob to brush over the disgraceful expulsion. Moreno claims Assange hacked his phone, and Ambassador tells Daily Mail he might have trained the embassy cat to spy. This is surreally idiotic pic.twitter.com/2QDxqzXxT8— Kristinn Hrafnsson (@khrafnsson) April 13, 2019
The radiclaw remark caused a storm of online mockery, with some going as far as suggesting the Ecuadorian officials should seek mental help – and keep off the pop culture.
#Assange goes one better than herding cats according to #LeninMoreno + his team - So, it seems that the President of Ecuador needs to have his head examined, as well as his conscience + his bank account! And did the cat hack the phone too? - @jimmy_dore - #WikiLeaks— Spectre (@malhayes) April 13, 2019
Guessing he has been watching too many spy movies pic.twitter.com/5URc750hqO— Gravesberie (@Gravesberie) April 13, 2019
Some said Ecuador have finally found a resolve to blame the cat for “counterpurrveillance” in the wake of the 2016 embassy intruder incident. After all, the cat’s Twitter account bragged about testing a dimeownitive infra-red camera back then.
The real truth about Assange's #EmbassyCat : until just now officials were too embarrassed to admit that they were actually afraid of...counterpurrveillance. Days after an intruder incident in 2016, the cat tweeted it had a camera. pic.twitter.com/NQT1AuyT6R— Bluberry Morning (@MorningBluberry) April 13, 2019
Others took the allegations a bit more seriously, recalling unsuccessful experiments – held by CIA – to turn cats into living surveillance devices. Unfurtunately for the spooks, felines turned out to be way too independent and unpredictable to be bothered with boring government work.
Strange considering the cia has a history of implanting devices into cats.— April Paints Flowers™️👩🏻🎨+👨🏻⚖️ (@aprildeming) April 13, 2019
When wikileaks tweeted about the CIA program to create cat spies I think they could justify being suspicious. pic.twitter.com/TD3sp9sE1S— Verity Lumen. (@veritylumen) April 13, 2019
Other claims produced by Ecuador included allegedly poor hygiene on Assange’s behalf, his reluctance to wash dishes, loud music and skateboarding within the embassy hall at night – overall, if the staff is to be believed, the WikiLeaks co-founder had been behaving like a rowdy teenager.Also on rt.com Assange arrest final step in character assassination campaign – Slavoj Zizek
As for Embassy Cat, which Assange sent away in November, its exact whereabouts have remained unknown, sparking numerous concerns and theories. But in a pawsitive update on Saturday, WikiLeaks revealed that the “whiskerblower” was safe and sound. To confirm, they uploaded a clip of the cat watching Ruptly’s footage of its owner being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy and shouting “UK must resist.”
We can confirm that Assange's cat is safe. Assange asked his lawyers to rescue him from embassy threats in mid-October. They will be reunited in freedom. #FreeAssange#NoExtraditionpic.twitter.com/zSo8RfXXc9— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 13, 2019
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