Julian Assange's refuge 'in jeopardy'

Julian Assange's nearly six-year refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is in danger, opening the WikiLeaks founder to arrest by British authorities and potential extradition to the US, multiple sources with knowledge tell CNN.

Posted: May 25, 2018 12:04 PM
Updated: May 25, 2018 12:04 PM

Memorial Day is coming up. It's a time for barbecues and outdoor fun for most of us. But let's not forget why we really have this day off. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. North Korea

North Korea had a rather restrained reaction to President Trump's abrupt cancellation of the planned summit next month in Singapore. An official from the North's Foreign Ministry said the regime is still willing to meet with the US "at any time." But that same official said Trump's decision isn't "consistent with the desire of humankind for peace and stability in the world." The summit's demise -- after a North Korean official raised the specter of a nuclear showdown and called US VP Mike Pence a "political dummy" -- also puts South Korea, China and Japan under a new cloud of uncertainty.

As for the President, he said his administration would continue its "maximum pressure" campaign on the regime, which means a push for new sanctions. But Trump also expressed hope another meeting could be scheduled. This mixing of threats with olive branches is a typical Trump move, observers say, but it may not work in international diplomacy. "This isn't a New York real estate deal," one expert says. "These are the North Koreans."

2. #MeToo movement

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will turn himself in to New York police this morning on rape charges, a source tells CNN. Prosecutors are expected to charge him with first- and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree sex act in a second case. Weinstein is also under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Los Angeles and London, and he's reportedly the subject of a probe by federal prosecutors in New York. The charges follow a flood of accusations against Weinsten that led women around the world to come forward with accounts of being sexually harassed by powerful men.

Meanwhile, eight women have accused Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior or harassment on movie sets, at his company and in interviews. The women, in the exclusive CNN report, made allegations of unwanted touching, demeaning comments and inappropriate staring. Freeman released a statement in which he apologized, saying it "was never my intent" to make people feel "uncomfortable or disrespected."

3. Canada restaurant explosion

Fifteen people were hurt last night in Mississauga, Ontario, after two men walked into an Indian restaurant there and set off an "improvised explosive device," police said. The men fled after the explosion; surveillance photos show them wearing jeans and dark-colored hoodies, with one covering his face with a black cloth. Of those hurt, three people suffered critical injuries and were taken to a trauma center in Toronto. No word yet on a motive.

4. Julian Assange

Is Julian Assange's stay at Ecuador's embassy in London almost over? Sources tell CNN that Assange's situation is "unusually bad" and that he could leave "any day now" -- either because he'll be forced out or made to feel so restricted he'll leave. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been holed up in the embassy for almost six years. He was originally wanted for questioning in Sweden on a rape charge (prosecutors dropped that investigation last year). But he's still afraid to leave the protection of the embassy because the US has prepared charges to seek his arrest. US intel agencies think Russia used him as an intermediary to distribute hacked Hillary Clinton campaign emails during the 2016 presidential election.

5. Jack Johnson

President Trump posthumously pardoned boxing legend Jack Johnson. The life and career of Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion, was thrown into chaos in 1913, after he was convicted under a human trafficking law for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for "immoral" purposes. Critics say the law was used in the racially motivated prosecutions of blacks. Johnson died in 1946. Trump said he granted the pardon on the suggestion of actor Sylvester Stallone, best known, of course, as fictional movie boxer Rocky.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

From homeless to Harvard

As a kid, he slept in homeless shelters. Now he's headed to Harvard on a full ride.

Alarm off

Scientists have discovered what the rest of us already knew: Sleeping in on the weekends is good for you.

'Alexa, please stop recording me'

An Oregon couple says Amazon's voice assistant secretly recorded their private conversation, then emailed it to others.

Case closed

Laurel or Yanny? (Yes, that again.) The man behind 2018's most viral recording reveals what he actually said.

TOTAL RECALL

Which country is holding a referendum today that could lead to it relaxing its restrictive abortion laws?

a. United States

b. Ireland

c. Saudi Arabia

d. South Africa

Test your knowledge of the week's news with "Total Recall: The CNN news quiz," to see if you're right.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$100,000

The value of the death benefit that would be paid if a New Hampshire teacher is "killed in the line of duty." State lawmakers passed a bill authorizing it this week, and GOP Gov. Chris Sununu said he will sign it.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"It's like somebody woke up Jim Crow."

Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, who days after preaching at the royal wedding led a church service and candlelight vigil at the White House against what he calls "a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership" in churches and government

AND FINALLY ...

Mother of stock photos

Yes, Emilia Clarke is living her best life as the mother of dragons on "Game of Thrones," but her real dream is to pose for those kitschy stock art photos. (Click to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 489116

Reported Deaths: 6614
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Ramsey43327810
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Anoka33496391
Washington22208262
Stearns18822202
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Scott13403107
Wright12609116
Olmsted1185990
Sherburne878574
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Rice677691
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Nobles387247
Polk345063
McLeod341250
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Morrison327747
Becker314842
Itasca314646
Lyon313845
Isanti309456
Steele303611
Carlton300449
Freeborn286424
Pine283216
Nicollet262441
Todd249730
Brown248237
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Cass221224
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Meeker208134
Martin190829
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Roseau181017
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Houston158214
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Fillmore13969
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Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 337676

Reported Deaths: 5494
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Polk52087560
Linn19512317
Scott17167212
Black Hawk14970293
Woodbury13847214
Johnson1317075
Dubuque12450196
Dallas1022593
Pottawattamie9897146
Story965045
Warren514976
Clinton502684
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Webster495788
Sioux480369
Marshall465273
Des Moines428461
Muscatine426393
Buena Vista413237
Wapello4059110
Jasper387767
Plymouth368978
Lee354653
Marion341571
Jones285155
Henry279837
Bremer270555
Carroll266948
Crawford253635
Boone244330
Benton241154
Washington239547
Mahaska215746
Jackson210339
Dickinson204240
Tama203065
Kossuth198655
Delaware186240
Clay184425
Winneshiek183628
Fayette179335
Page178119
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Wright174531
Hamilton173942
Cedar172723
Hardin170239
Harrison167670
Clayton160254
Butler159331
Mills148520
Floyd148141
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Cherokee146236
Lyon145741
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Iowa140723
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Cass129651
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Louisa122644
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Union119331
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