WikiLeaks warns UK against Assange arrest

2012-08-16 20:26

London - WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson on Thursday warned Britain against any attempt to enter Ecuador's London embassy and arrest his colleague Julian Assange, who has been granted asylum.

"I am delighted that Ecuador has decided to offer asylum to Julian Assange and did not bow to the intimidation and bullying by the UK," Hrafnsson told AFP in a telephone interview from Iceland.

"Hopefully, we will see the decision resolved in a civilised manner," he added.

"I hope that the UK authorities are sensible enough not to enter the embassy without permission, which would risk upsetting diplomatic relations all over the world."

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced at a press conference on Thursday that his government had decided to grant asylum to Assange, who has been holed up at the embassy since 19 June.

Britain has said the granting of asylum does not change its "obligation" to extradite Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing website, to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes.

Hrafnsson said he had not yet spoken to Assange, but planned to call him soon.

"Considering the situation he's been holding up well," he said. "Julian is used to living in difficult circumstances. And he has had access to a computer in the embassy, so he has been able to carry on working."

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-16 21:05

    It's strange how far the English are willing to go to get to someone who hasn't been charged of any crime, but wanted for questioning. This stinks and Assange will be renditioned to the US. Even the Soviets didn't resort to such tactics!

      DSBennie - 2012-08-17 07:40

      no the soviets just sent the KGB to assassinate defectors and people who sought asylum in other countries. The UK like the rest of the EU respects the rule of law so wont pander to the wishes of a third world hell hole like Ecuador

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-17 08:36

      Which rule of law, international law? A 3rd world hell hole. I am sure you wont be lost amongst the neo cons on both side of the atlantic.

  • terence.hogben - 2012-08-16 21:19

    I wonder about the logistics of getting Assange out of Britain , embassy vehicle to to the airport and on a flight to Equador. Britain is almost certainly assisting the U.S to get Assange into jail.

      BluesOverYonder - 2012-08-17 02:27

      There is only one thing incorrect about your post and that is the word 'almost' on the last line should be removed

  • martinus.vanschalkwyk - 2012-08-16 22:26

    There are 2 easy options for getting him out. Send him via diplomatic pouch - this can be a van, truck, container, anything and the UK will not be able to examine it or just grant him temporary diplomatic immunity and then he can travel out, though the fascists in the UK will probably still try to arrest him then.

      DSBennie - 2012-08-17 07:42

      Diplomatic pouches can be searched if the government considers that they are being used to break the law, there is no possible way for him to get out without the British getting him, hopefully he tries soon so that he can be arrested to answer for his crimes which now also include breaking bail conditions

  • michael.bardsley.73 - 2012-08-16 22:44

    The bastards are happy to protect a cold blooded murderer like Shrien Dewani but a person who simply tells the truth gets it in the neck. Pity the olympic games opening ceremony didn't have Cameron with his tongue up Obama's rectum, that is the real story of modern day Britain. Lapdogs.

  • donald.a.elder - 2012-08-17 01:52

    "I hope that the UK authorities are sensible enough not to enter the embassy without permission, which would risk upsetting diplomatic relations all over the world." And you guys didn't with your idiotic leaks????

      DSBennie - 2012-08-17 07:42

      Hear Hear

  • BluesOverYonder - 2012-08-17 02:22

    Bloody pychotic anglo-saxon Bast**ds. trying to dominate the world from america and england. They are the stain of mankind. Power money greed power money greed power money greed

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-17 08:38

      Money is their only "God"!

  • zebsonm - 2012-08-22 19:32

    this is appalling,we though blair and the labour party lost favour because of being to submissive to anything the wrong were we.strangely britain would willing offer asyllum to any percieved chinese dissident.this world stinks with double standards.

  • zebsonm - 2012-08-22 19:42

    we thought blair and the labour party lost favour for being an extension of the state department,did we?the english would be more than willing to offer asyllum to anyone percieved to be persecuted by china or any other 'rogue'.this world stinks with double standards.

  • zebsonm - 2012-08-22 19:43

    double standards.

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