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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ecuador's foreign minister has said Julian Assange's five-and-a-half-year stay in her country's London embassy is "untenable" and should be ended through international mediation. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in Knightsbridge since the summer of 2012, when he faced the prospect of extradition to Sweden over claims that he sexually assaulted two women. ... A spokesperson for the UK government said: "The government of Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice."

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About time.

#1 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-10 05:54 PM | Reply

I'm sure the feeling is mutual, but Jules doesn't want to get extradited for taking liberties with the female guests, so to speak.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 06:17 PM | Reply

RE# 2

Swedish prosecutors have dropped the rape charges against Assange, if that is what you think you are cleverly referring to.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-10 06:37 PM | Reply

Julian Assange's bid for diplomatic status rejected by Britain

The Foreign Office has turned down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange diplomatic status as a means of breaking the stalemate over his continued presence in the UK.

The development comes amid reports that Assange – an Australian who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for more than five years – has recently become a citizen of the south American state.

If awarded the status of a diplomat, it is thought, Assange could obtain certain rights to legal immunity and might be able to leave the embassy in Knightsbridge, and eventually the UK, without being arrested for breaching his former bail conditions.

www.theguardian.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 06:57 PM | Reply

#3

Not exactly correct, as you think you are so cleverly retorting:

And his assertion on Friday that Sweden had cleared his name for a crime he has denied was disputed by Sweden's chief prosecutor, Marianne Ny.

Sweden was dropping the inquiry, Ms. Ny said, because she simply saw no way forward and "we don't make any statement of guilty or not."

Should Mr. Assange enter Sweden before August 2020, when the statute of limitations expires for the last remaining allegation, of minor rape, she said, the investigation would be reopened.

His Swedish accuser, through her lawyer, decried the decision. "It is a scandal that a suspected rapist can escape justice and thereby avoid the courts," the lawyer, Elisabeth Fritz, said in a statement to news agencies. "My client is shocked."

If that was the case, Julian would have left in May.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 07:00 PM | Reply

Thanks Gal.

Let me spell it out for you: Julian is guilty of skipping bail, if he leaves, the UK arrests him and then extradites him to Sweden who then reopen the investigation, charge him with statutory rape and he goes to jail for a looooong time.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 07:02 PM | Reply

One of Assange's accusers used to work in Cuba for the CIA. The other was in tears while being coerced into signing a statement after a prolonged police interrogation. Both these cases have fallen apart, if for no other reason than a statute of limitation.

Assange's presence has to be disruptive to the normal functioning of an embassy. It appears Ecuador's new President is veering to the right after campaigning to the left, possibly responding to US pressure. If Assange is captured it will be a great loss for transparency in Governance.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-11 09:44 AM | Reply

Didn't Trump say he loved Wikileaks? Then what is Assange afraid of? He's a hero to the POTUS.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-11 11:31 AM | Reply

People who think we brought down a plane carrying a foreign president, based on an internet rumor that Assange might have been on it, simply because of some sexual assault allegations really need to have their heads examined. Either that, or they're just being extremely dishonest.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-11 11:49 AM | Reply

Actually Sentinel, the plane we forced down with the Bolivian President on board was allegedly transporting Snowden. Get your facts straight before accusing others of being dishonest.

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-11 01:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Of course, I remembered that 5 seconds after hitting the send button. But it's still the same mentality in defending the governments' unacceptable behavior in both cases. Just like those who excuse torture, and accuse others who don't of sympathizing with "the enemy".

#11 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-11 02:01 PM | Reply

"Of course, I remembered that 5 seconds after hitting the send button."

Perhaps you need to have your head examined.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-12 08:00 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Sentinel: 2018-01-11 11:49 AM
Moder8: 2018-01-11 01:54 PM

You remembered after 5 seconds but didn't correct yourself until MODER8 corrected you 2 hours later. You're simply a liar. A laughable one at that.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-12 08:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Perhaps you need to have your head examined."

I actually thought about following up with a self-deprecating comment along those lines, but then I remembered that this place is full of ill-humoured people like your self who would use it as an excuse be nasty and horrible.

#14 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-12 12:54 PM | Reply

*to be

#15 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-12 12:58 PM | Reply

"I actually thought about following up with a self-deprecating comment along those lines..." - #14 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-12 12:54 PM

Probably a very wise move.

There would be, undoubtedly, people who might turn your having had your head examined by your proctologist into something, as you put it, "nasty and horrible."

Present company excluded, of course.

#16 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-12 01:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#16, flagged... as funny.

#17 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-12 01:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Whiffyleaks: Julian Assange told to take a shower

Julian Assange's poor hygiene has played a role in the latest agitations by Ecuador to extricate him from his five-year standoff in its embassy, a well-placed source has told The Times.

Staff at the embassy in Knightsbridge have made several complaints about the Wikileaks founder's lack of cleanliness since he holed up in a back room there in 2012, the source said yesterday.

www.thetimes.co.uk

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-12 02:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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