Dutch high court continues burying the Chevron Shakedown

This includes the BIT Tribunal's interim awards ordering Ecuador to "take all measures necessary" to prevent or suspend enforcement of the Lago Agrio Judgment worldwide and declaring Ecuador in breach of international law for having failed to voluntarily do so. … They attempted, over a period of years, to sue Chevron for alleged environmental damage in Ecuador using fraudulent means and the officers of a corrupt court. … It's been a while since we last checked in on New York (former) attorney Steven Donziger and his merry band of Ecuadorian racketeers who attempted the extortion of a major energy company in what's become known as the Chevron Shakedown…

The Canadian version of the Chevron Shakedown is officially dead and buried

But Chevron has no assets in Canada to go after and Chevron Canada Limited is a distinct entity of its own with no ties to the former business in Ecuador. … That would be the case he attempted to bring in Canada against Chevron Canada Limited, despite the fact that this entity was not in any way associated with the action in Ecuador. … He was facing contempt of court charges and had been ordered to repay a significant amount of money back to Chevron, the company he's spent years trying to fleece for billions of dollars based on a fraudulently obtained judgment in Ecuador

Chevron Shakedown lawyer now held in contempt of court

Those orders enjoined Donziger from continuing to personally profit from what Judge Kaplan termed "the fraudulent procurement of a multibillion judgment from a provincial court in Ecuador (the "Ecuador Judgment")." … It begins with these words: "Steven Donziger, formerly a lawyer, has led a corrupt effort to extort billions of dollars from Chevron Corporation." … It's been a while since we checked in on Steven Donziger, the New York City attorney who was the architect of the failed Chevron Shakedown…

7,648 cracks in Ecuador’s socialist delusion

Instead, he invited China to come into the country and accepted $19 billion in loans for infrastructure projects in exchange for 90% of Ecuador's oil production until the cost of the projects was paid off. … His time in office was highlighted by a rejection of Ecuador's debt (he defaulted) and American influence in the country. … The New York Times published an interesting story on Christmas Eve about continuing fallout from the economic decisions made by former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa…

International court slaps down Ecuador for fraud in Chevron Shakedown

5 billion judgment rendered against Chevron in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, in 2011 was procured through fraud, bribery and corruption and was based on claims that had been already settled and released by the Republic of Ecuador years earlier. … An international tribunal administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has issued an award in favor of Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and its indirect subsidiary, Texaco Petroleum Company (TexPet), finding that the Republic of Ecuador violated its obligations under international treaties, investment agreements and international law. … It's been a while since we heard from Steven Donziger and his merry band of Ecuadorean and U.S. environmentalist allies who attempted to pick the pockets of Chevron for nearly ten billion dollars…

Chevron Shakedown lawyer loses his license to practice in D.C.

During the seven-week RICO and fraud trial, Chevron presented what it describes as "unrebutted evidence" detailing the extent of the fraudulent acts undertaken and directed by Donziger, his Ecuadorian legal team and other associates, including fabricating environmental evidence, pressuring scientific experts to falsify reports, plotting to intimidate judges into handing down favorable rulings, bribing court-appointed experts, ghostwriting court reports and even drafting the final judgment. … You likely recall the New York attorney who helped mastermind the entire scheme, working in concert with corrupt judges and government officials in Ecuador. … While the years-long tale of the Chevron Shakedown has mostly drawn to a close (with Chevron as the clear winner and the would-be conspirators being the losers), there was another interesting development in the story last month…

The Chevron Shakedown has now failed in Canada as well

The Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment dismissing all claims against Chevron Canada Limited holding that it is a separate entity from Chevron Corporation and its assets are protected from seizure by those seeking to enforce the corrupt Ecuadorian judgment. … The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower Canadian court's determination that an Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation, already found by U.S. courts to have been obtained through fraud and corruption, cannot be enforced against Chevron Canada Limited, an indirect subsidiary. … They hoped to be able to convince a Canadian court to enforce the fraudulent Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron's subsidiary in the Great White North, despite the fact that Chevron Canada Limited has no ties to the original project in Ecuador

Ecuador spent how much on covert ops to protect Assange?

The lawsuit alleged Chevron destroyed the rainforest in Ecuador and poisoned the natives. … Their video surveillance contractors warned Ecuador that Assange was gathering intelligence on Ecuador's operations out of the embassy too, although Assange does not seem to have bitten the hand that hides him -- yet, anyway. … An investigation by the Guardian and Focus Ecuador reveals the operation had the approval of the then Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, and the then foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, according to sources…

Can’t handle the truth? Actor walks out of “verbatim” play on Chevron shakedown

show that environmental activists colluded with Donziger to bribe a judge [in Ecuador] and ghostwrite a massive legal judgment against the company that initially totaled $18 billion... … But the facts attached to a lawsuit involving Chevron Corp. … Our old friend Phelim McAleer will open another of his "verbatim" plays in San Francisco tomorrow, following up his "Ferguson" run with "The $18 Billion Prize," a play derived from the evidence gathered in the fraudulent Chevron Shakedown case…

Schadenfreude: Enviros’ lawyer from Chevron shakedown ordered to pay them “bigly”

He took on clients in Ecuador who thought Chevron would just pay them off to shut up and go away and he would have cashed in handsomely on the deal. … In a 49-page opinion last week, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who presided over the RICO proceeding, reiterated that "Donziger and his co-conspirators attempted to extort billions of dollars from Chevron" through falsified evidence, bribery, coercion and the ghostwriting of a $19 billion court judgment against the company in Ecuador. … A U.S. federal court in New York has ordered Donziger, mastermind of the Ecuadorian racketeering and fraud scheme against Chevron Corp…

Ecuador accuses Assange of spying… sort of

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a center for spying, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno told Britain's Guardian newspaper... … That's the accusation being leveled by the president of Ecuador, and it could potentially be one of the reasons that Assange's asylum was abruptly revoked, followed by an invitation to cool his heels in a British jail cell for a while. (Reuters) … Was Julian Assange using the facilities at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to engage in espionage, spying on his hosts and people from other countries?…

Report: Manafort tried to cut deal to take Assange from Ecuador?

As soon as it became apparent that Manafort was going down in the Mueller probe, Ecuador allegedly cut him out of the negotiations, but Ecuador went on to continue talking to the US Justice Department about these matters. … In mid-May 2017, Paul Manafort, facing intensifying pressure to settle debts and pay mounting legal bills, flew to Ecuador to offer his services to a potentially lucrative new client — the country's incoming president, Lenín Moreno. … Keeping in mind that this is yet another story based entirely on anonymous sources, the Times asserts that Manafort had been in negotiations with Ecuador to give up Assange to the United States in exchange for some other considerations involving a deal with China…

UK police stationed outside Ecuadorian embassy, waiting to see if Julian Assange will be expelled

The Ecuadorian government's current anger with Assange has to do with the publication of the INA Papers, a collection of documents which appear to show an illegal money trail from a Chinese company which built a massive hydroelectric dam in Ecuador. … Ecuador's foreign ministry issued a statement late Thursday saying it wouldn't comment on what it called "rumors, theories or conjectures." … Yesterday, Wikileaks tweeted that a source in the Ecuadorian government had told them Julian Assange would be expelled from the country's embassy in London in a matter of hours or days…

The Chevron Shakedown appears to be on its last legs

The plaintiffs' (and their American attorney Steve Donziger's) efforts to enforce their corruptly obtained Ecuadorean judgment against the assets of Chevron Canada Limited, a company distinct from Chevron Corp. … A corrupt court in Ecuador provided a ruling in favor of local interests, ordering Chevron to pay billions of dollars for the cleanup of drilling sites in that country which were, in all likelihood, contaminated by Ecuador's state-run oil company. … After more than half a decade and countless court appearances in countries around the world, the saga of what's come to be known as the Chevron Shakedown finally seems to be staggering to a close…

Appeals court to Manning: If you want out of jail, start talking

The New York Times reported this weekend that Ecuadorian police arrested an Assange associate over hacking attempts in the country. … While the US has played its cards close to the vest after announcing Assange's indictment and extradition demand, Ecuador has begun broadening its effort regarding Assange. … Prosecutors appear to be pressing for Manning's testimony in order to bolster their case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was expelled earlier this month from London's Ecuadorian Embassy, where he'd been holed up for seven years…

Julian Assange: International diplomat?

The incident was revealed in a letter by Ecuador's foreign ministry to a legislator who had asked for information about Ecuador's decision last year to grant Assange citizenship. … The aborted effort suggests Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno had engaged Moscow to resolve the situation of Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy for six years to avoid arrest by British authorities on charges of skipping bail. … Ecuador in 2017 gave Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a diplomatic post in Russia but rescinded it after Britain refused to give him diplomatic immunity, according to an Ecuadorean government document seen by Reuters…

Ecuador: Assange can leave our embassy after deal with UK — and he should

Ecuador's president says Britain has provided sufficient guarantees for Julian Assange to leave his government's embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been living under asylum since 2012. … Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno announced a deal that would allow Assange to leave their embassy in London in exchange for a guarantee not to face the death penalty. … Ecuador got the deal it wanted to end its six-year headache, but Julian Assange almost certainly did not…

Moreno: Let me tell you what kind of roomie Assange turned out to be

The dramatic end to Julian Assange's asylum has sparked curiosity about his 7-year stay inside Ecuador's Embassy in London that was marked by his late-night skateboarding, the physical harassment of his caretakers and even the smearing of his own fecal matter on the walls of the diplomatic mission. … Ecuadorians might value hospitality, Moreno explained to his countrymen, but fecal matter on the wall was the last straw. … Facing criticism from predecessor Rafael Correa for expelling the Wikileaks founder, the Ecuadorian president called Assange a "spoiled brat" who made life in the London embassy hell…

Ecuador to give up Assange papers to U.S.?

"On Monday Ecuador will perform a puppet show at the embassy of Ecuador in London for their masters in Washington, just in time to expand their extradition case before the UK deadline on 14 June," WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson said, according to the British newspaper. … The Hill reports that Ecuador is willing to allow the United States to basically come in and vacuum up any of Assange's records from inside the embassy we'd like to look over. … But it turns out that Ecuador's new administration isn't quite so willing to abet them…

Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail

Instead, he fled to Ecuador's embassy in London where he spent the next 2,487 days. … WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced by a British judge on Wednesday to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail in England and hiding out for seven years in the country's Ecuadorean Embassy. … Less than three weeks after being dragged out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London and arrested, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been convicted and sentenced to fifty weeks in jail on a failure to appear charge after he skipped bail in 2012…

Ecuadorian probe: You bet Assange was meeting with Russians in the embassy

CNN notes that the authenticity of the report has been confirmed by an Ecuadorian intelligence official. … Despite being confined to the embassy while seeking safe passage to Ecuador, Assange met with Russians and world-class hackers at critical moments, frequently for hours at a time. … After his arrest, word got out about Julian Assange's influence and control at Ecuador's embassy in the UK, but a report from a probe ordered by its government shows his power at times exceeded that of the ambassadors…

USNS Comfort dispatched on humanitarian mission to South America

While an expired passport is overlooked in Colombia as Venezuelans migrate into the country in search of food and medicine, then go back home to Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru have now tightened their passport requirements for the migrants. … It had yet to be decided, for example, whether the hospital ship would treat Venezuelans on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal or to the south in the Pacific, a move that might allow the U.S. health care workers to also treat spillover Venezuelan refugees into Ecuador. … The South American countries most affected are Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru…