UK won't allow Julian Assange to leave

2012-08-16 22:21

London - British Foreign Secretary William Hague says that the UK will not allow Assange safe passage out of the country.

Hague said on Thursday that Britain would not grant Assange safe passage because "there is no legal basis for us to do so".

He said Assange was wanted in Sweden to answer allegations of "serious sexual offenses." He said the extradition had nothing to do with the work of WikiLeaks or with a desire by US authorities to try him for publishing diplomatic secrets.

  • tobydt - 2012-08-16 22:58

    Julian assmassange. Should have faced his charges in Sweden before calling asylum.

      pws69 - 2012-08-17 00:28

      What charges would those be then? Mmm. Let us see. NO CHARGES! Sweden have laid no formal charges against Julian. FACT. The two women whom he is supposed to have raped both willingly slept with him, and both BRAGGED about it afterward. There are SMS's sent by these two women talking about revenge against him, and extracting money from him. This is not about rape, it is about getting him to Sweden so he can be extradited to the USA - all because he exposed their deceit, murder, and dishonesty.

      tobydt - 2012-08-17 07:16

      pws69 - So WHY then doesnt he go and face his charges if its all a conspiracy? Get himself shown as innocent? And if Sweden then wants to extradite him, then call for political asylum? Whats he going to do now? Spend the rest of his life in an embassy in London?

      richard.t.holman - 2012-08-17 07:35

      Because as soon as he leaves the Embassy he would be arrested and then no longer able to apply for asylum. There is evidence to show he would be sent straight to the USA to face charges of conspiracy. That would mean he is arrested and locked up immediately. Himself and his lawyers have publicly stated that if Sweden promise not to extradite him then he will gladly return to face the charge. But no such promise is fourth coming. The USA has already begun their investigation and started preparing their case against him.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-17 07:48

      Assange has not been charged with anything. The least he has asked for is for the Swedish authorities to give reasonable assurances that they wont extradite him to the US, which they've refused. The Eucador government had proposed that the Swedes could come and interview him in their embassy and they refused this without giving any reasons. It is the Swedes who have acted in bad faith, and they like most European US lackeys haven't hesitated to engage in illegal kidnapping to assist the US.

      tobydt - 2012-08-17 07:49

      richard - As far as I know, Sweden hasnt charged Julian with anything, which makes the entire extradition thing a bit meaningless.

  • Werewabbit - 2012-08-16 23:36

    Fly him out in an Ecuadorian helicopter? Clearly I am ignorant on international law in this regard, but surely if their vehicles have diplomatic immunity then so would an aircraft on diplomatic duties?

      DSBennie - 2012-08-17 07:29

      Immunity only applies to vehicles used for official purpose, that is not, the UK passed a law in 1997 in wake of the shooting of a UK police officer by a man in the Libyan embassy, harboring a criminal (which he is - he broke bail conditions) can result in the building losing its diplomatic status, hopefully this will happen soon and so that he can be arrested

      terry.burne - 2012-08-17 08:19

      @DS Bennie - think of the repurcussions! If the UK used their law to remove diplomatic immunity of the Ecuadorian Embassy and then went in to arrest Assange, that would leave all of their embassies in the middle-east, Korea, and other semi-hostile countried open to similar attack. Methinks that would not be a good move for the UK!

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-16 23:41

    If the British Government wish for their diplomats and consular staff to be safe anywhere in the world they need to rethink their arrant stupidity on this issue. William Hague was not blessed with any intelligence or charisma. He personifies all that is wrong with politics in the latter part of the 20th century and into the 21st century. He is a professional politician with no knowledge or experience of the real world where you get fired for incompetence. He could also do with a personality/charisma transplant. Cameron is as dumb as Hague if he thinks what Hague is doing has any merit.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-17 12:16

      The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has convened an "extraordinary meeting" in Ecuador on Sunday to discuss the situation at the embassy. A statement released on the website of the foreign ministry of Peru, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the intergovernmental union, said: "The Foreign Ministry of Peru lets public opinion know that, in concordance with the statutory responsibilities of the temporary presidency of UNASUR, at the behest of the Republic of Ecuador and after consulting member states, an extraordinary meeting of the Counsel of Foreign Ministers of the Union has been convened on Sunday August 19 in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. "The meeting has been requested with the intention of considering the situation raised at the embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom."

  • jeflannigan - 2012-08-17 02:55

    If he was not guilty of any offence he would not have to fear extradition and would willingly co-operate with the authoroties.

      ivan.schoultz - 2012-08-17 04:02

      @jeflannigan - do you honestly think they (Sweden) will play by the rules, when they have already bent their own rules to please the US? The case was dismissed by Swedish investigators, but then after US pressure was applied they suddenly re-opened it. The Swedish government has also denied an invitation by the Ecuador Embassy to interview Assange on their premises ... and THAT tells me they have no interest in what Assange has to say, they merely want his butt in Sweden (and we know that he will be automatically whisked away to the US.)

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-17 04:25

    The UK looked after Pinochet who killed thousands... Same tatics to get rid of StruassKahn same poeple. This is so clearly a setup. We sit by and watch our right to free speech and right to know go down the drain.

  • wesleywt - 2012-08-17 04:31

    Why is it so hard for Sweden to guarantee he won't be renditioned to the US.

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-08-17 04:42

      Well said. That is all that is required.

  • lana.crous - 2012-08-17 05:55

    This whole episode just goes to prove that politicians in general, and Britain and America in particular, think that everyone else in the world is stupid and cannot see that they are on a revenge mission against Assange for outing their dirty little, and not so little, secrets.

      imraan.chothia.7 - 2012-08-17 06:28

      Finally u admit that we must be wary of what trash the Usa says, like BinLadin was burried in the ocean, and Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, and Iran this n that. I even wonder if they run Iran themselves, since they so nosey

  • james.phillips.54922169 - 2012-08-17 07:13

    All Assange needs to do is pretend he's a teensie bit depressed about the whole situation (like Shrien), and the whole extradition thing will go away. Seriously, though. The desperation the UK is displaying does seem suspicious. Sweden has a unique extradition treaty with the States, including a Temporary Surrender clause, which would allow Sweden to extradite him almost straight away. The accusations in Sweden seem pretty dodgy too. Initially the women agreed it was consensual sex, and one of the charges is for not wearing a condom, when asked to do so. In Sweden this is classified as a type of rape. It all smacks of US bully tactics.

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-08-17 07:39

    Dear Mr Hague, please explain to me, what happened to DIPLOMACY? Huh... Surely britain does not have respect of international laws n the human rights...

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-08-17 07:39

    Dear Mr Hague, please explain to me, what happened to DIPLOMACY? Huh... Surely britain does not have respect of international laws n the human rights...

  • zeyad.vangreuning - 2012-08-17 08:54

    and they wont let Devani come to RSA for murder charges....just saying

  • gillian.dawson.982 - 2012-08-17 11:40

    This poor guy is being rail roaded. Just goes to show the UK is another United states Lap dog. Again what charges? The rape charges were in fact dropped there are only molestation charges. He waited around in Sweden for 5 weeks to face charges and then was granted permission by the prosecutor to leave Sweden. Plus he had a red notice issued against him, for having sex with two woman, who decided a week after the sex claimed they were concerned he may have an S.T.D. They did not oficially lay a complaint against him one of them queried with the police whether she could compel him to be tested for an STD and HIV. Gadaffi during the same time period only had an orange notice issued against him. Because we all know consentual sex is far more dangerous than genocide.

  • ivan.schoultz - 2012-08-17 18:12

    EXCLUSIVE By Philip Dorling, The Sydney Morning Herald – August 18, 2012 Australian diplomats have no doubt the United States is intent on pursuing Julian Assange, Foreign Affairs and Trade Department documents obtained by the Herald show. This is at odds with comments by the (Australian) Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, who has dismissed suggestions the US plans to eventually extradite Assange on charges arising from WikiLeaks obtaining leaked US military and diplomatic documents. The Australian embassy in Washington has been tracking a US espionage investigation targeting the WikiLeaks publisher for more than 18 months. read more:

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