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13:05  14 april  2019
13:05  14 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Thursday’s arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has provoked complicated reactions. There’s one place, however, where everyone seems to agree: we really hope his cat is doing okay.

“Embassy Cat,” as the feline is known on Twitter and Instagram, is undoubtedly a PR play from WikiLeaks. According to one New Yorker profile, Assange made up a story about getting the cat from his children, and the organization sells an array of Embassy Cat mugs, shirts, and stickers. But the fact remains that Embassy Cat is adorable (it wears little ties!), and several Verge reporters are deeply invested in its well-being.

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Unfortunately, a bevy of major news outlets have been unable to confirm that cat’s precise location, and multiple, credible sources have offered different accounts of its fate. So what’s happened to Embassy Cat? Here are a few of our theories, from most to least plausible.

Embassy Cat is with Julian Assange’s family

According to all available information, Embassy Cat hasn’t lived at the Ecuadorian Embassy for several months. The cat was one of many points of contention between Assange and embassy staff, and a leaked 2018 memo revealed that the embassy had threatened to take it away unless Assange took care of its “well-being, food and hygiene.” After the arrest, an embassy spokesperson told Sputnik News that “it is not here since September, I think. It was taken by Mr. Assange’s associates a long ago… It is not here. We are not a pet store, so we do not keep pets here.”

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Julian Assange ’ s cat has managed to win the internet’ s hearts – but how much do we actually know about the whistle blower’ s furry friend in the Ecuadorian We still don’t actually know. Not long after her arrival, a Twitter account was set up under the name Embassy Cat and it would seem that name

A November tweet from Assange’s legal counsel, Hanna Jonasson, backs that up. Jonasson said that Assange had been “incensed at the threat” of losing his pet and asked his lawyers to take Embassy Cat to safety. “The cat is with Assange’s family. They will be reunited in freedom,” she wrote. (Assange is about to enter a long extradition fight, and he’ll likely face trial in the US after that, so the reunion probably won’t come anytime soon.)

The embassy and Assange’s spokespeople haven’t responded to emails from The Verge, but this account gives Embassy Cat a happy ending — or it would if one of Assange’s former WikiLeaks colleagues didn’t have a different story.

Embassy Cat was sent to a shelter

Journalist James Ball, who worked for WikiLeaks during its heyday in 2010, offered a darker account of Embassy Cat’s fate. “For the record: Julian Assange’s cat was reportedly given to a shelter by the Ecuadorian embassy ages ago,” Ball tweeted after Assange’s arrest, adding that he “genuinely offered to adopt it.” Ball said he didn’t buy the reports about Assange’s family, noting that news coverage had all hinged on that tweet, and “Assange has no family in the UK.”

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The arrest of Julian Assange in London has raised a long list of serious questions about press freedom and the reaches of American justice. But we wrote about those questions elsewhere. What’ s left is a considerably more frivolous but widely asked question: What happened to his cat ?

Julian Paul Assange (/əˈsɑːnʒ/; born Julian Paul Hawkins; 3 July 1971) is an Australian computer programmer, a grantee of political asylum, a fugitive from a British arrest warrant for breaching bail conditions, and the editor of WikiLeaks.

Assange allegedly made up a story about getting Embassy Cat from family so there’d be some sad symmetry in a made-up story about sending it back. And if this is true, it seems almost impossible to confirm the feline’s well-being. The Verge reached out to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the UK’s largest animal welfare charity, but a spokesperson said they weren’t aware of anyone bringing the cat to a London RSPCA branch.

Embassy Cat “knew too much” and is in hiding

Some Verge staff members questioned whether Embassy Cat was alive at all, especially given the sensitive nature of Assange’s work. My colleagues Casey Newton and Cameron Faulkner, in particular, were in agreement that “the cat knew too much.” I won’t entertain the notion of Embassy Cat’s demise without some pretty hard evidence. But I will acknowledge that its location might be deliberately obfuscated — either to prevent it from giving up evidence against Assange or because Embassy Cat has custody of some yet-unreleased WikiLeaks material.

Look, I can’t prove we live in a magical realist universe where cats can talk, or that Embassy Cat’s DNA has been somehow encoded with the text of top-secret files. With reality becoming more confusing by the day, though, I’m not ruling anything out. And while I’ll admit the cat probably has few secrets to give up, Ecuador revoked Assange’s asylum status in part because he allegedly kept working with WikiLeaks to release documents — so Embassy Cat may have been in the thick of things until the end.

Embassy Cat is simultaneously with Assange’s family, in a shelter, in hiding, and dead

But only as long as we stop investigating right now and never check on the cat’s status again.

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