‘Last diplomat he knew’: Ecuador ousts London envoy, fuels rumors of Assange’s imminent eviction

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has terminated the credentials of his UK ambassador, who has been at the center of negotiating the fate of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, as concerns mount over the whistleblower’s safety. The decree, with which Moreno effectively sacked Ecuador’s London ambassador Abbad Ortiz, was published by WikiLeaks on Wednesday. The document does […]

Hacking accusations against Russia a smear campaign timed with NATO cyberwarfare meeting – diplomat

The latest wave of accusations against Russia over alleged government-ordered hacking looks very much like a coordinated media attack timed with a NATO meeting of cyberwarfare, the Russian ambassador to UK told RT. On Thursday, the UK and the Netherlands claimed that they had foiled cyber attacks by Russian government hackers while the US indicted […]

Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow

Enlarge / Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, gestures from the balcony of Ecuador’s embassy in London. (credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russia, according to a Friday report by Reuters. Citing an “Ecuadorian government document,” which […]

Veteran diplomat warns Trump could push Germany into the arms of Russia and China

REUTERS/Ruben Sprich President Donald Trump could push Germany into the arms of Russia and China, veteran German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger warns. He’s encouraging Germans not to give up on the United States because of Trump. Trump has repeatedly attacked Germany for its trade surplus and lack of defense spending, unsettling a country that has long […]

McCain’s passing will not diminish anti-Russian sentiment in US – diplomat

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov says the recent death of US Senator John McCain is unlikely to change the “wave of hatred” toward Moscow from Washington’s Russophobic political elites. In a recent interview with the ‘60 Minutes’ program on the Rossiya-1 Television, Ryabkov was asked if he considered McCain the enemy of Russia. The […]

‘Insults and pathetic lies’: Russian diplomat slams WaPo over praise for Bellingcat MH17 claims

Russia has done everything to help the MH17 investigation, yet to its disgrace the Washington Post chooses to believe fake social media ‘investigators’ and cherry-pick facts, a senior Russian diplomat writes. Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative at the Russian mission to the UN, sent an open letter to the Post on Friday, after a […]

Vatican’s former top diplomat in US is arrested over ‘child pornography allegations’

Vatican police have arrested a clergyman and diplomat who has reportedly been identified as a suspect in a child pornography case. Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella was detained by Holy See security officials on Saturday, the Vatican said. The suspect formerly worked as a Vatican City diplomat to the US, reported La Republica, but was suddenly recalled […]

Irish government faces pushback on decision to expel Russian diplomat

Ireland’s government is facing pushback for its decision to follow the lead of the UK, the US and other European countries and expel a Russian diplomat from the country. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney released a statement on Tuesday, confirming that Dublin would stand in “unqualified solidarity” with the UK, which has accused the Russian […]

Entangling alliances or scoring at home? Why US went out of its way with Russian diplomat expulsions

The decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats suggests that President Donald Trump is either following the siren call of ‘entangling alliances,’ or taking the lead in escalating the conflict with Moscow to appease domestic critics. Not only did Trump’s order affect more than twice as many diplomats as the March 14 move by London, it […]