Assange scarpers to Ecuador embassy

June 20, 2012 at 12:01 am (Afghanistan, apologists and collaborators, Asshole, asylum, Jim D, twat)

Julian Assange
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Assange: facing extradition over alleged sex crimes

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum at Ecuador’s London embassy, the country’s foreign minister has said.

“Ecuador is studying and analysing the request,” Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters in Quito.

Last week the UK’s Supreme Court dismissed Assange’s bid to reopen an appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes he denies.

The Foreign Office says it will work with Ecuador to resolve the situation.

On 14 July the Supreme Court gave him until 28 June before extradition proceedings can start.

He says the allegations are politically-motivated.

Swedish prosecutors want to question him over allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two female former Wikileaks volunteers in mid-2010.

Mr Assange, whose Wikileaks website has published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses, claims the sex was consensual.

In a statement, Ecuador’s embassy said he had arrived there on Tuesday afternoon to seek asylum.

“As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, with an obligation to review all applications for asylum, we have immediately passed his application on to the relevant department in Quito,” it said.

“While the department assesses Mr Assange’s application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorean government.”

It said the decision to consider the bid for asylum “should in no way be interpreted as the government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden.”

NB: Assange’s Afghan victims never had the opportunity to seek asylum:

David Leigh of England’s Guardian newspaper has leveled a shocking accusation against Mr. Assange…

He recalls a meeting he was invited to about the publication of the war memos.  He remembers pleading with Assange to redact the names of tribal elders and U.S. informants who were exposed cooperating with the U.S. and could be the subject of deadly retribution.  He comments, “Julian was very reluctant to delete those names, to redact them. And we said: ‘Julian, we’ve got to do something about these redactions. We really have got to.'”

“And he said: ‘These people were collaborators, informants. They deserve to die.’ And a silence fell around the table.”

Mr. Assange seemingly denied the allegation calling it “absolutely false… completely false.”

But he qualifies, “We don’t want innocent people with a decent chance of being hurt to be hurt”-  from: Daily Tech

4 Comments

  1. charliethechulo said,

  2. Canon Newman Friend of the IRA said,

    The man if he is one is not that important as he probably thinks he is. He will be forgotten.

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