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Wikileaks: Government threatens to take Julian Assange out of Ecuador's embassy
Telegraph - UK ^ | August 16, 2012

Posted on 08/16/2012 6:22:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The dramatic development came two months after Mr Assange suddenly walked into the embassy in a bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden where he faces allegations of sexual assault.

Ecuador's minister for foreign affairs, Ricardo Patino, released details of a letter he said was delivered through a British embassy official in Quito, and said that the Ecuadorian government would announce on Thursday whether it would give Mr Assange asylum.

The letter said: "You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the Embassy.

"We sincerely hope that we do not reach that point, but if you are not capable of resolving this matter of Mr Assange's presence in your premises, this is an open option for us."

Mr Patino said: "Today we received from the United Kingdom an express threat, in writing, that they might storm our embassy in London if we don't hand over Julian Assange"

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: assange; assault; asylum; wikileaks
UPDATE: "Ecuador has announced it has granted diplomatic asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The 41-year-old Australian has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since June 19, when he claimed political asylum in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over alleged sex crimes.

He believes that if he is sent to Sweden he could eventually be passed to the United States, which has mulled legal action against him for his publication of confidential files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More to come." - Source

FCO 'risks breaching international law' over Assange embassy crisis -- The Foreign Office risks breaching international law if it carries out its threat to revoke the status of the Ecuadorean Embassy in order to arrest Julian Assange, a former ambassador to Moscow has warned.

1 posted on 08/16/2012 6:22:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I find it very interesting they are taking this step.


2 posted on 08/16/2012 6:27:50 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“The Foreign Office risks breaching international law if it carries out its threat to revoke the status of the Ecuadorean Embassy in order to arrest Julian Assange, a former ambassador to Moscow has warned”.

AS POSTED!

I thought all that went out the window when Iran attacked, and TOOK OVER the US Embassy in Teheran?


3 posted on 08/16/2012 6:32:37 AM PDT by wita
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To: F15Eagle

Ecuador? I give him a month before he is found dead in Fort Julio park.


5 posted on 08/16/2012 6:37:04 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: redgolum

Scuttlebutt out there is that among his zillions of purloined documents he has a bunch of incriminating dirt on Ecuador’s leaders, and hence has blackmailed his way to asylum.


6 posted on 08/16/2012 7:05:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: F15Eagle

“Vous êtes un espion, Assange”

Assange is also an Obamahole.


8 posted on 08/16/2012 7:10:31 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: wita

>>I thought all that went out the window when Iran attacked, and TOOK OVER the US Embassy in Teheran?

Is that the way it works, if someone breaks a law, the law becomes null and void? I hope not.


9 posted on 08/16/2012 7:15:44 AM PDT by qwerty1234
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the Embassy.

Say what now? British law doesn't apply on Ecuadorian soil any more than Scottish law applies on US soil.

10 posted on 08/16/2012 7:28:29 AM PDT by Inconvenient Truthteller
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To: Inconvenient Truthteller
Say what now? British law doesn't apply on Ecuadorian soil any more than Scottish law applies on US soil.

This law revokes an embassy's status as (for example) Ecuadorian soil if there is an abuse of diplomatic and consular premises. As much as I despise the rapist from WikiLeaks, I do not think granting him asylum should trigger this act. Still, with the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act of 1987, it is technically within the law for the UK to carry out their threat, if they define granting this person asylum as abuse.

11 posted on 08/16/2012 7:47:40 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Pollster1

It might be ok under British law. (a law based on Libyans shooting a British police woman from INSIDE the Libyan embassy)
But it’s still a violation of the treaty of 1961 which they signed. As far as the British calling asylum “abuse”, is the British argument basically that nobody could ever need asylum from them? Amazing disconnect.

And Assange a rapist? This is over consensual sex when a condom broke, it isn’t rape in any sense we would recognize.


12 posted on 08/16/2012 10:27:52 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino
Allegations from Wikipedia, essentially what I find in the news reports - "There are four charges: that on 14 August 2010 he committed "unlawful coercion" when he held complainant 1 down with his body weight in a sexual manner; that he "sexually molested" complainant 1 when he had condom-less sex with her after she insisted that he use one; that he had condom-less sex with complainant 2 on the morning of 17 August while she was asleep; and that he "deliberately molested" complainant 1 on 18 August 2010 by pressing his . . ."

I'm comfortable calling that rape (not entirely convinced that the charges are true and not a setup, but that's what a trial is for). As for the rest, I mostly agree with you. It's permitted under their laws, but I agree with your point.

13 posted on 08/16/2012 11:30:25 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The SAS have a bit of experience with this foreign embassy thingy...


14 posted on 08/16/2012 11:34:02 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: qwerty1234

“Is that the way it works, if someone breaks a law, the law becomes null and void? I hope not”.

One could certainly presume such.

Consider the present state of “the supreme law of the land.

Consider the state of “illegal” immigration and the desire of many liberals to ignore the law.

Consider Sanctuary cities.

Consider the Fed.

Consider the DOJ attacking states of the Union, over efforts to enforce law and order.

Consider the desire by a great many people as soon as someone murders with a gun an illegal act we might add, and especially if it involves multiple deaths in the same incident, they wish to nullify the second amendment at the expense of “law abiding” citizens.

The NFA was another example when the congress decided to do something about machine guns when it became obvious that gangsters were able to shoot too many of each other at one time. Thus was born the tax on law abiding citizens, to own one.

My original statement was somewhat /s, but on further thought, it is easy to see how we are upside down. Abortion rights (an oxy moron) advocates kept up the pressure to nullify state law until they finally reached the Supreme Court, and what to their wondering eyes should appear, but a wish becoming law of the land.


15 posted on 08/16/2012 12:11:48 PM PDT by wita
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To: DesertRhino

All good points. And (having donned my asbestos underwear) I’m suprised at all the hate directed towards Assange. Is the the most morally upright person in the world? Hell, no. But—he did expose a lot of dirt which the American people needed to know, our own government didn’t want them to know, and which our MSM was too lazy to try to find. So he’s not all bad.


16 posted on 08/16/2012 4:04:35 PM PDT by teflon9 (Political campaigns should follow Johnny Mercer's advice--Accentuate the positive.)
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To: DesertRhino

All good points. And (having donned my asbestos underwear) I’m suprised at all the hate directed towards Assange. Is the the most morally upright person in the world? Hell, no. But—he did expose a lot of dirt which the American people needed to know, our own government didn’t want them to know, and which our MSM was too lazy to try to find. So he’s not all bad.


17 posted on 08/16/2012 4:04:50 PM PDT by teflon9 (Political campaigns should follow Johnny Mercer's advice--Accentuate the positive.)
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To: Pollster1

There are several issues with Assange. First, the way that he got into legal trouble....was having a number of liaisons with women and behaving like some dimwit “James Bond” character. Two women compared notes (Swedish women, no less) and decided that he had violated a number of rules of trust. They actually reported the events, and the Swedes want to charge him. Based on what I’ve seen.....he might get two years of prison out of this deal at the very most.

Second, throughout his entire life....he’s violated various laws and ethics. He’s been put in jeopardy of prison on number of times.....but never actually put in prison. His personal belief is that there’s always option “B”....just let him go.

Third, he never had a father figure in his entire life. His mother was the intellectual type who mostly taught her son to never trust the government. This guy, in my humble opinion.....can’t “man-up” and admit his screw-ups.

The Brits ought to march in....take him with handcuffs out of the building in full view....onto a waiting helicopter and fly him immediately to Sweden. If I were king of England, I wouldn’t hesitate....just order the guys to make it happen and rid the isle of a nutcase who shouldn’t be there. The Swedes know what to do next. Let Assange sit out two years in a Swedish prison....preferably with no internet.


18 posted on 08/17/2012 4:11:08 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

“His mother was the intellectual type who mostly taught her son to never trust the government.”

Sounds like Mom gave little Julian good advice.

“The Brits ought to march in....take him with handcuffs out of the building in full view....onto a waiting helicopter and fly him immediately to Sweden.”

And then a mob of Ecuadorians should pull a “Iran 1979” on the British embassy in Quito. Or, better yet, just burn the whole thing down.


19 posted on 08/17/2012 4:16:20 AM PDT by teflon9 (Political campaigns should follow Johnny Mercer's advice--Accentuate the positive.)
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To: teflon9

No, he is all bad. I hope for terrible things to happen to him.


20 posted on 08/17/2012 4:22:23 AM PDT by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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