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Julian Assange holed up in Ecuador Embassy in London

August 16, 2012

We absolutely must fulfil our obligations under the Extradition Act… we remain determined to do so. – William Hague, British Foreign Secretary

No one is going to terrorize us! — President Rafael Correa

Amazing crass stupidity of British government, makes one ashamed to be British. Overnight William Hague has thrown away all the goodwill the London 2012 Olympics has generated worldwide.

If the police storm the Embassy, even to hint they will, means no Embassy worldwide is safe, it is open season on embassies and diplomats in pariah states.

Julian Assange has committed no crime in UK. Sweden could have questioned him at any time in London, but chose not to. They questioned an alleged murderer in Serbia.

Sweden is a poodle of US. Sweden has refused to give guarantees he will not be extradited to US. If I was Swedish I would be ashamed of what was being done in my name.

Anyone would think a mass murderer wanted for War Crimes was holed up in Ecuador Embassy. But even if one was, the British could not storm the Embassy.

Julian Assange could be questioned at any time by the Swedish authorities in London. There are no charges laid against him, he is simply wanted for questioning for what what are not even offences in English law. Not only has Sweden refused to question Julian Assange in London, they have refused to give any reason for this refusal.

Former Stockholm chief district prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem also made it clear that the Swedish government had no legitimate reason to seek Assange’s extradition when he testified that the decision of the Swedish government to extradite Assange is “unreasonable and unprofessional, as well as unfair and disproportionate”, because he could be easily questioned in the UK.

This is not about fulfilling obligations under the Extradition Act, and it is hypocritical to claim it is.

The Extradition Act should be scrapped. It allows people to be extradited with no evidence against them being submitted to an English Court. People have been extradited for parking tickets, unpaid (or challenged) restaurant bills.

Julian Assange is an Australian citizen. Australia is another poodle of the US. They should be protesting loud and clear at the mistreatment of one of their citizens. They have remained silent.

William Hague accuses Ecuador of harbouring an alleged criminal. Maybe Hague should get his facts right. Julian Assange is wanted for questioning, no charges have been laid against him. How therefore is he an alleged criminal?

An attack on Ecuador is an attack on Latin America, a growing market for British goods and services. Unbelievable crass stupidity by British Government.

British government in threatening Ecuador is seen as acting as a colonial power bullying a small Latin American country.


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