Brits dramatically turn up heat on Assange

Posted: August 16, 2012 in Political musings
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Australian Journalist of the Year 2011. In my CONSIDERED opinion, this man is the greatest force for political good in fifty years. I also believe the USA wants to execute him.

Ecuador says it wants to grant asylum to Julian Assange, but the British government has refused to guarantee safe passage for the WikiLeaks founder.

Mr Assange has been holed up in the embassy for weeks as Ecuadorian officials assess his asylum application.

The WikiLeaks founder fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London weeks ago after exhausting all avenues of appeal in his fight against extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges.

British authorities have reportedly threatened to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London if Mr Assange is granted asylum.

In a press conference this morning, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the country wanted to grant asylum, but could not do so until his safety was guaranteed.

“Today we’ve received a threat by the United Kingdom, a clear and written threat that they could storm our embassy in London if Ecuador refuses to hand in Julian Assange,” he said.

Assange’s mother Christine said she was furious that British police may be sent in to seize him, and claimed they would be acting on behalf of Washington.

“What the US wants, the US gets from its allies, regardless of if it’s legal or if it’s ethical or in breach of human or legal rights,” she told reporters in Australia.

“We’re all lackeys.”

But Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said this morning the matter is out of her hands.

“Our role in this is only a diplomatic one, to make sure Assange has support that he needs for consular issues. It’s not something we have any legal role that we can play,” she told Sunrise.

Mr Assange and his supporters fear that extradition to Sweden will be the first step in a process to get him to the United States to face unknown charges related to the WikiLeaks website, where a sealed indictment is waiting.

Reports are now coming out of London that police are surrounding the Embassy, and the British Government claim the right to enter it and take Assange by force.

Wellthisiswhatithink says: The great un-answered question in this situation is why the Swedish police insist on extraditing Assange “in order to question him”.

If their interest was genuinely to question him, given his unique circumstances – having deeply politically discomforted the governments of the world, especially the most powerful Government in the world – then what is to stop them questioning him in London?

Assange has repeatedly said he would be happy to submit to questioning in the UK, which is subject to the European Court of Human Rights (Sweden is not) and in any event is MUCH less likely to extradite him to the USA than Sweden, with its higher levels of public scrutiny, and much greater resistance to extradition generally.

The insistence on extradition to Sweden (to face questioning over behaviour which, at least in part, would not constitute a crime in most jurisdictions) must therefore be about something else.

Clearly, Blind Freddie could see that what it is about is getting Assange to America, in order to jail him for life, or worse. The charade of a trial for Bradley Manning currently taking place would hardly enourage anyone to believe he would get anythign resembling a fair trial in the USA.

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  1. mlshatto says:

    So the British authorities are now taking their cues from the ghost of the Ayatollah Khomeini? I don’t see how this can end well.

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  3. Richard Ember says:

    For somebody who was spinning like a top only last week, desperately trying to portray ‘guns in the USA’ as a ‘Women’s Issue’ I wish I could say I was surprised to see your continued defence of somebody who is accused of Rape – surely the number one ‘Women’s Issue’. However, surprised I was not.

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    • I am defending his right not to be hijacked and rendered to an American military court. As you claim to be a libertarian this man should be your hero – he didnt want Governments to say one thing publicly and another privately. He’s a journalist for Heaven’s sake!

      Your comment conveniently ignores two key facts – he has offered repeatedly to answer any questions the Swedes have in the UK. Why do they simply not fly to London and interview him? And he is not charged with rape in the sense that you mean it, he is accused of having consensual sex without a condom on, as I understand it. That is “rape” in Sweden.

      If you believe half the stuff you wittier on about continually you would be outside the Ecuadorian embassy with a banner calling for his freedom …

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  4. Richard Ember says:

    You won’t find me trying to defend him at all until he goes back and answers the question of Rape. He has to go to Sweden to do it. That’s the way it works. If they THEN try to get him to the USA ‘IF’ he his cleared of such charges, you won’t find me puffing about it on the internet – then you will find me outside a building in Sweden. Will you be there??

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  6. Richard Ember says:

    As much as I love you, Yolly, I can’t stand Julian Assange. There, it’s out in the open for all to see – I consider him to be vain, arrogant, over ambitious and egotistical and given half the chance, I’m sure he would be throwing babies onto bonfires with every other dictator on the planet but much to my dismay, he isn’t, he is currently relaxing over a good book of “Learn Spanish in 2 months” at the invitation of the Ecuadorian Embassy in West London, facing arrest by the boys in blue should he dare to stretch his legs on the mean streets of Knightsbridge.

    I won’t pretend to know much about International extradition laws or bilateral judicial treaties, but it seems strange to me that Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, has now been under house arrest in that bastion of Liberty and Free Speech, the United Kingdom (no, not Burma) for more than 600 days without charge on the suggestion that he deliberately ripped a condom whilst enjoying a week long stay at a girlfriends house in Sweden. What is stranger is that he has now fled to the embassy of an obscure South American country more renowned for locking up journalists than offering them asylum (although he still has 1500 wikileaks cables from the Ecuadorian Embassy that he has yet to publish – coincidence, no doubt)

    Of course, all of this boils down to one single issue. Much like the mouthy trollops that you have been banging on about elsewhere and are now looking at 3-5 years of hard labour for daring to criticise the Glorious ex KGB spymaster and current “leader” of the Soviet Union, his Holyness St Vladimir of Putin, Assange has made those who pretend to work in our interests look like what they are – liars, thieves and murderers. From the moment Wikileaks decided that free speech and freedom of information counted for more than the vested interested of Politicians, he was a marked man.

    It is only the power of the Internet that is keeping Julian Assange alive. Thirty years ago, he would have quietly vanished out of the back of a troop transport at 30,000 feet or been stabbed with a poisoned umbrella as the world’s top secret agents vied to hunt him down and claim his traitorous scalp – instead, he has thwarted their efforts through their own incompetence like Inspector Clouseau at the Munich Beer festival in the Pink Panther. We are now faced with our own midget foreign secretary huffing and puffing that if needs be, he will blow down the doors of the Ecuadorian embassy and by the hairs on his chinny chin chin will send this loud mouth upstart of to face charges in Stockholm (via an RAF transport en route to some CIA hellhole, no doubt – it wouldn’t be the first time after all).

    What happened to this country? Since when did people in the UK have to seek asylum FROM the UK? When did we start threatening to overrun embassies like some Iranian Revolutionary guard? Why do our masters regard someone who has facilitated the greatest flow of information in the history of the nation State as an enemy of the people? When did we start persecuting those who seek freedom of speech instead of those who forbid it?

    My suggestion? Short of simply allowing Assange to go and live in Ecuador whereby the problem becomes theirs, not ours, he should become a renegade citizen of any of a multitude of rogue Middle Eastern states – after all, we’ve been banned from sending the world’s most violent actual terrorists anywhere for decades “for fear of persecution”, right? If he plays his cards right, he could even get a council house……

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  7. Paul Brixey says:

    At the end of the day as far as I’m aware he has skipped bail and therefore he should be brought before the UK courts and dealt with like any other individual. Making him some sort of hero and persecuted individual just flies in the face of british justice.

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