Aug 20, 2012

Assange as Poppins meets HR Pufnstuff

Noon, down in Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, behind the regal bulk of Harrods, and the crowd was already building outside the Ecuadorian embassy.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Noon, down in Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, behind the regal bulk of Harrods, and the crowd was already building outside the Ecuadorian embassy. London. It was the hottest day of the year, all of London’s summer concentrated into one weekend, the sun beating down on the pavements, and the British, as they are wont to do, taking off all their clothes and wearing shorts that look like tartan dishrags.

The floating crowd of 10-15 Assange stalwarts — a mix of Anonymous ops, V for Vendetta mask-wearers, slightly over-exuberant young women, and not a few tea-cosy wearers — were today swamped by mainstream supporters, a few enemies, and a great many of the simply curious. Down one side street of the grand red-brick Victorian building, a line of TV vans stretched to the far horizon. Dozens of camera set-ups stretched along the front of the embassy. Ecuadorians and other South Americans were there, an entirely separate faction, cheering on their feisty nation’s stand against the UK, US and Sweden. And there were cops.

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23 thoughts on “Assange as Poppins meets HR Pufnstuff

  1. ian dale

    I am disappointed Rundle has not done the slightest investigation in this piece into Sweden’s handling of these allegations when that country has a woeful record for prosecuting offenders.

    Can Rundle or anyone else tell me which in which country do investigators routinely invite suspects of a crime to visit them or as in this case, travel to another country for an interview?.

    Do NSW detectives invite a suspect in Perth to fly to Sydney?…or do they do as investigators have since investigations began, hop on a plane and travel to the suspect and often for the very important reason of surprise or the other obvious reason that once alerted the suspect may flee.

    That alone-that very unusual aspect of this so-called investigation that has delayed whatever justice alleged victims may receive, for over 2 years.

    It flies in the face of all normal police investigations including Sweden’s yet is ignored. For some reason, they want Assange, against all normal police practice, on Swedish soil.

    Combine that with a prosecutor (after the Chief Prosecutor has found no case to answer and still says the same), a Swedish Prime Minister and a corporate (not criminal as is the norm) who acts uniquely (and against all normal practice everywhere) for both alleged victims- all who come from the same right-wing firm of lawyers advised by Karl Rove and a firm who advised and assisted previously in rendition for the USA.

    This duck walks and talks like a conspiracy and to isolate matters like the allegations from the whole is shameful but effective.

  2. Andybob

    And Witchiepoo would be ….. ?

  3. Coaltopia

    Maybe Julian could chopper over to Sealand – the failed-bid headquarters of The Pirate Bay – and pump out freedom radio to the masses.

  4. Mr Tank

    I think you are on the money with the “do the bolt suggestion”, I’d hate to be locked up in London like that. Escaping in the manner you suggest would be bloody funny and possibly the turning point in getting our Governments to lighten the frak up.
    If the idea is considered seriously I would assume that the diplomatic vehicle in question would have to be already registered as such with the British Government. The question then, is which of the South American Embassies own a helicopter?” Personally, I hope the Venezuelans have one.
    Shame tho it couldn’t be done with a hot air balloon.

  5. zut alors

    Guy’s idea of appointing Assange as Ecuador’s Ambassador to the UN still has the edge as a practical solution.

    This morning’s ABC24 Breakfast attempt to interview Christine Assange was abysmal. She, like her son, is better informed than a considerable hunk of the media. Carvalho was completely out of her depth and didn’t have the sense not to talk over the interviewee. The News Editor should advise Carvalho not to drag out the delivery of her questions to fill twice as much airtime she is prepared to allow for answers. Today’s effort was an embarrassment and was akin to Amateur Hour.

  6. puddleduck

    Excellent piece, thanks Guy. Have been recommending your years worth of writing and research on Assange generally, and Swedish laws in particular, to anyone who wants to know what is really going on.


    I’d like to see him get away, too. Was really hoping your suggestion of the Quito viodellink would happen on Sunday.

  7. puddleduck

    videolink! Damned browser takes the last three words of each line out of sight. Blah!
    At least I think that’s what I’ve typed. Should use preview, right?

  8. cannedheat

    There is another problem with escape for Assauge. Would the US simply shoot down or blow up any getaway vehicle once in international waters/air space… let’s look at the record: detention without trial, torture, ex-judicial killing… nah couldn’t happen…

  9. Simon Veitch

    Julian Assange appears to be the most effective tweaker of the zeitgeist since George Orwell. He’s redefined Journalism, and whatever he does now, however it turns, it will be incredibly revealing. Thank you, Guy, don’t stop.

  10. Candle

    Probably the best part of this article was the link to the The Independent article, which points out that:
    The USA’s best opportunity to extradite Assange is actually whilst he remains in the United Kingdom, a country very ready to grant extradition requests.

    Rundle’s writing on this, particularly the article in the Monthly which published the names of the victims in the sexual assault case, their photographs and went into gratuitous and irrelevant details about their appearance and what they were wearing, shows how willing supposedly left-wing media outlets are to discard any decency around reporting of sex crimes if the alleged offender is a Great Left-Wing Penis.

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