Aug 16, 2012

Assange stand-off a debate between a threat and a right

The Ecuadorian government has launched a scathing attack on the UK, alleging that it has threatened to withdraw its embassy's diplomatic status, in order to raid it, and arrest WikiLeaks supremo Julian Assange.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


The Ecuadorian government has launched a scathing attack on the UK, alleging that it has threatened to withdraw its embassy’s diplomatic status in order to raid it and arrest WikiLeaks supremo Julian Assange.

Tonight (London time), as I write, police are gathering around the UK Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, and a general call has gone out, on Twitter and other networks, for WikiLeaks supporters to gather around the embassy.

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22 thoughts on “Assange stand-off a debate between a threat and a right

  1. Mike Smith

    But he hasn’t broken UK laws, it is alleged that he has broken Swedish laws, but he isn’t in Sweden. The bail is on behalf of Sweden, not UK.

  2. Luke Miller

    As far as entertainment factor goes, Assange is definitely value for money

  3. ggm

    But he hasn’t broken UK laws, it is alleged that he has broken Swedish laws, but he isn’t in Sweden. The bail is on behalf of Sweden, not UK.

    the bail conditions are an application of british law. the bail conditions as stipulated by a british judge required regular presentation to the police at a place of their choosing.

    the bail may be on behalf of another european union country, but the bail is british bail, from a british judges orders.

    he has most definitely breached his bail conditions.

  4. candide22

    Britain should send a gunboat upriver from the Pacific to Quito to help the Ecuadoreans see the error of their ways. This tactic worked a treat in the 19th century when Britain wanted the Chinese to agree to buy Indian opium.

  5. zut alors

    Assange continues to expose the ongoing sweetheart deal Oz has with the US.

    We continue to offer up human sacrifices, an ancient and primitive practice, to the US judicial system. David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib eventually slipped the noose, here’s hoping Assange will prevail. Needless to say there will be zero help from Gillard, Roxon et al. Such a pity Assange hadn’t been found in possession of a few kilos of cocaine – our political representatives seem to dig deep with consular and legal assistance in drug cases.

  6. Bohemian

    Let’s see what this do nothing government and the silent opposition do to protect its citizens from the United States and its running dogs. Any police around the Ecuadorian Embassy you would think would have to be either MI6 or US agents in disguise, as it is not a police matter.

    Assange, for exposing just a fraction of the criminality underpinning the world’s leadership, will be made an example of and will surely get the “Bradley Manning treatment” . The giant doesn’t like having his eye poked and will do whatever it takes, including napalming Sydney if that is what it takes, to make sure he is not going to let some Australian upstart get high and mighty with him!

    By the way the US has been operating under a state of emergency since the time of Franklin D Rooseveldt; it’s never been rescinded by Congress. So the President can pretty much do whatever he likes under Executive Order, just in case you were in any illusion about this stuff going to the International Court of lol Justice..

    And they (the lapdog government of Australia) had better speak up before the nuclear aircraft carriers are permanently based in Perth or the additional 2500 marines hit Darwin as recommended by one of the major insider controlled think tanks this week. After that we will be little more than a protectorate which will need permission from its “protectors” to speak.

  7. Oscar Jones

    Sadly we and the UK are now the USA’s ‘bitches’.

    When friendly Spain tried to extradite the mass murdering Pinochet the UK put every obstacle in it’s way while Margaret Thatcher praised him for bringing ‘democracy’ to Chile which involved flinging opposition leaders from helicopters and despite Chile already having a democratically elected government.

    When PC Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead from the window of the hostile Libyan Embassy the entire staff were escorted to Heathrow to fly to safety.

    Now an alleged condom breaker threatens a diplomatic incident because the USA wants him and what they want, they get.

    Which one is the rogue nation in this black is white scenario?

  8. Whistleblower

    One must assume that the US is learning pretty heavily on the UK government for them to threaten to breach diplomatic conventions in relation to Julian Assange’s relatively trivial offence requiring his extradition to Sweden, which can one can only assume is so the Swedish lickspittles can facilitate his extradition to the land of the free which is already declared Assange a terrorist liable to extra judicial assassination.

    It would appear that notwithstanding Labor’s once strong defence of freedom of expression, we also appear to have our own homegrown band of lickspittles including Gillard and Roxon who are so busy sucking up to the US that all they can see is Uncle Sam’s butt cheeks!

  9. Frank Campbell

    Sky News here is reporting that the UK government is preparing to “storm” the Ecuadorian embassy.

    Cops are shown swarming in and around the embassy like rats on a carcass.

    The craven obeisance of client states to the United States is stark. Stark naked.

    The US prison gulag awaits Assange.

    The secret global state run by the CIA – with the connivance of satellites like Australia- dates from at least 1945. Insitutionalised torture, abduction (“extaordinary rendition”), impunity and immunity: they’re all familiar policies and practices, repeatedly exposed since before the Bay of Pigs.

    The instant enlistment of US and foreign corporations in the war against Wikileaks shows how the Empire strikes back today: Visa, Paypal, Citibank…they all complied without demur in banning Wikileaks.

    Banal Gillard condemned Assange immediately. Convicted drug dealer Corby gets rapt attention from Australian diplomats, her every tantrum amplified by the tabloid media. David Hicks rotted for years in the gringo gulag, ignored by the Australian government. ASIO incarcerates asylum seekers indefinitely- no charge or reason given.

    A new politics is desperately needed. Or Kafka’s nightmare will prevail.

  10. Andybob

    The War of Jenkins Ear has nothing on the War of Julian’s Prophylactic.

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