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Fri Oct 26, 2018, 11:39 PM

Assange hearing halted for lack of 'Australian'-fluent translator

The first hearing in Julian Assange's lawsuit against Ecuador's Foreign Affairs Ministry was suspended as the WikiLeaks founder was unable to understand his translator, and the judge called for a replacement fluent in "Australian."

Speaking from Ecuador's Embassy in London via Skype, Assange said the court-appointed translation service was "not good enough." Judge Karina Martinez said that it was indispensable that Assange testify, and said the court had erred by appointing a translator who only spoke English, apparently under the impression that Australian dialect is unintelligible to other anglophones.

Assange filed the suit against Foreign Minister Jose Valencia last week, saying that new rules being imposed on him at the London embassy violate his constitutional rights. Assange, an Ecuadorian citizen since December, could be expelled from the embassy should he fail to comply with the new rules, which say he must refrain from commenting on politics, and clear any visitors with the embassy three working days in advance.

Assange sought the protection of Ecuador in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced allegations of rape, or the US, where he could face trial for publishing secret government documents.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/assange-hearing-halted-to-find-translator-fluent-in-australian-20181026-p50c5c.html

One would have thought that after being holed up over 6 years in the Ecuadorean embassy he'd be pretty fluent in Spanish by now. Guess he couldn't be bothered.

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Zorro Oct 2018 OP
Haggis for Breakfast Oct 2018 #1
jcgoldie Oct 2018 #2
Midnightwalk Oct 2018 #3
JHB Oct 2018 #4
defacto7 Oct 2018 #5

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 11:46 PM

1. Can this little shit

possibly give us any more reasons to despise him ?

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 11:50 PM

2. What an entitled little fuck

Ecuador told me to take care of my cat... WHAAAA!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2018, 12:19 AM

3. And not the onion

...and said the court had erred by appointing a translator who only spoke English, apparently under the impression that Australian dialect is unintelligible to other anglophones.


I don't know which is funnier, the judge thinking Australian is unintelligible to other anglophones or the thought that maybe it isn't.

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Response to Midnightwalk (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 27, 2018, 12:31 AM

4. Well, they did redub the first Mad Max movie so it wouldn't sound "foreign"...

...but that was in the US, when Mel Gibson was still a nobody in Hollywood.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Oct 27, 2018, 12:52 AM

5. Throw him the hell out.

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