August 16th, 2012

UK Threatens to Storm Assange Embassy

There was a dramatic development in the Julian Assange case last night as Ecuador accused the British government of threatening to storm their London embassy. Eduador’s foreign minister revealed the astonishing ultimatum:

“Today we received from the United Kingdom a written threat that they could attack our embassy in London if Ecuador does not give up Julian Assange. Ecuador, as a state that respects rights and justice and is a democratic and peaceful nation state, rejects in the strongest possible terms the explicit threat of the British official communication. This is unbecoming of a democratic, civilised and law-abiding state. If this conduct persists, Ecuador will take appropriate responses in accordance with international law. If the measures announced in the British official communication materialise they will be interpreted by Ecuador as a hostile and intolerable act and also as an attack on our sovereignty, which would require us to respond with greater diplomatic force.”

The Ecuadorian president is expected to the make decision on whether to hand over Assange at around lunchtime today. Watch this space…


249 Comments

  1. 1
    JH says:

    Bored with Assange now. He’s not as big a story as he thinks he is.

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      William shit-software-on-every-desk Gates says:

      The international terrorists Americans seem to think otherwise.

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        Stick it to the Man says:

        I still wonder why Maggie Thatcher let the murderer of Evonne Fletcher go. Storming an embassy just to get someone who hasn’t even been charged with an offence will look slightly odd.

        Assange is a bit of an arse but I would trust him further than I would trust the Yanks.

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        • 53
          Forkbender says:

          When it comes to implementing laws which are beneficial to the USA, British governments are past masters, but just get the Yanks to extradite a US citizen from the US

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          • Fish says:

            And in business too. e.g. kicking out British compaines (Virgin Trains) and handing franchises over to US ones (First Group).

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          • ARSE says:

            They banned online gaming because we were rather too good at it.

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          • Plato says:

            Not our business. Its the Americans who are after him.

            If he serves his life sentence in the Ecuadorian embassy, then we will not be put to any further expense.

            Its a “no brainer” really.

            Lets see if our government want to waste our money prosecuting this any further.

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          • One Sheet says:

            You break into my embassy, I break into your embassy!

            Everybody breaks into everybody else’s embassy.

            The stuff that will come out will be bigger than Wikileaks!

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          • Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

            Fish; First Group are hq’d in Aberdeen. The only US connection is that they bought Greyhound and some school bus operations over the last 10 years. Virgin, on the other hand, make extensive use of tax shelter domiciles for various group companies.

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        • 54
          dog says:

          Small rather important point the UK government didn’t threaten to storm the embassy. The FO just pointed out that HMG can declare the embassy closed, those with a diplomatic passport are free to leave, however those wanted for sexual assault and without a diplomatic passport aren’t.

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          • Anonymous says:

            What stops them from giving Assange a diplomatic passport?

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          • I says:

            Could be wrong, but don’t the UK (or any host government) have to approve diplomatic status of any foreign national…?

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          • taC eht abbaJ says:

            “Could be wrong, but don’t the UK (or any host government) have to approve diplomatic status of any foreign national…?”

            I believe the correct term is diplomatic accreditation…

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          • Anonymous says:

            Thanks for the replies about diplomatic accreditation!

            What happens if they hire a gorilla transport cage and ship Assange out as ‘diplomatic luggage?’

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          • A Possibility says:

            Only for the Head of Mission, I believe. Junior staff can come and go as needed.

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        • 196
          Old Grumpy says:

          Apparently the murderer wasn’t even there by the time Evonne Fletcher eventually died!………. and the legislation, which may now be invoked, was not enacted until 3 years later………..

          All these screams of “Sovereign Rights”! Time for US to exercise our SOVEREIGN LAWS!

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          • Shubalyuba says:

            It is absolutely despicable that the US, Britain, and the lesser player Sweden will not be moved in the months (and perhaps years) ahead to allow for the safe passage of Mr. Assange to Ecuador! Remember, Mr. Assange is wanted only for questioning in Sweden and nothing more. But the same coalition of nations that gives us endless wars (Oh yes, Mr. Assange stepped on some big toes in this regard) will keep Mr. Assange prisoner to their own national interests! Some commitment to human rights!

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        • 203
          Charlie says:

          The Act that the government would use to justify entering the Ecuador embassy came about as a result of the murder of Yvonne Fletcher by someone firing from within the Libyan embassy.

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    • 31
      StuffEm says:

      Oh, dear! He must have a lot of dirt on a lot of things for them to become so desperate as to consider attacking an embassy! Maybe he has enough dirt to bring down corrupt governments?

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      Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

      No doubt about it; the Russians and Chinese are looking at this with delight. Just think if they had been able to use such a ruse to get Cardinal Mindszenty or the various Chinese dissidents out of US embassies – even though such a move would be in direct contravention of the Vienna Convention of 1961. Fetus Hague is an idiot. You threaten something if you are prepared to do it. In this case the consequences of the action are worse than letting Assange leave. Fetus should resign; and please – noone blame this on the diplomat in Ecuador. He would not have made the comment without political clearance.

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    • 130
      giant gonad says:

      http://www.ustream.tv/channel/occupynewsnetwork

      Live feed of police at the embassy.

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    • 197
      Anonymous says:

      Are they too stupid to just arrest him at the airport – he won’t be on diplomatic soil then? It’s a simple waiting game, they only need a bit of patience and the Ecuadoreans will eventually shove him out the front door – I mean would you want a strange, weird acting IT geek sleeping on your sofa in perpetuity?

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    • 209
      Jethro Q Walrus-Titty says:

      What’s this pumped up self- important aggrandsiing little shit doing here anyway?-how much does it cost to have him be here? Just send him off to the US vis Sweden of course, and give him a few waterboarding sessions.That’ll teach him not to put his organ where it’s not wanted.

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    Sizzla says:

    Given the Met Police are involved, there’s a high chance they storm the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea by accident.

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      Jean Charles DeMenezes says:

      Given the Met police are involved, I hope they don’t run into the buildings electrician.

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      • 14
        Ex Yard 'tec says:

        Given that my former colleagues are involved, there’s every chance that if Assange gives the right handshake, they’ll turn a blind eye . . .

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        • 58
          Forkbender says:

          “Given the Met Police are involved, there’s a high chance they storm the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea by accident” Nar, they are farming those jobbies out to G4S

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          • Anonymous says:

            Given the Met police are involved, They’ll probably storm the Ethiopian Embassy.

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          • I Don't like Sundays says:

            Given that Theresa May is involved there’s a high chance that she ordered the Police to go in yesterday.

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          • Sandy Cuntlip says:

            I thought the Met were all in Marbella at this time of year.

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          • Larry of Araby (Editor: Islington Village Voice) says:

            Given the Met Police are involved, they might be ordered to stand down and palely loiter as there’s every chance Assange might have converted to 1slam in the meantime.

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          • John Bellingham says:

            Sub contract it to the South African Police Limpopo Division who handle mine security.

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      • 106
        Fish says:

        Mmm.

        I was on the Jubilee line on Saturday, when loads of Brazilian footy supporters got on at Green Park. I had an anxious 5 minute journey to Baker Street but everything was fine, though, Cressida Dick mustn’t have been on duty.

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          Prevarication at the highest level says:

          She probably was on duty but in the time it took her to make a decision the games were over.

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        oops says:

        If the MET are involved, he should hide in the attic.

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      Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

      The’ll probably search the buildings a few times without finding him, then go back with an animal that’s infinitly more inteligent than they are and discover he was sitting in the lobby all the time.

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    • 154
      Stephen says:

      Given their experience in New Addingtpn all that Assnge has to do is hide in a bag in the attic. In the meantime we have unnecessarily upset a South American country when we need help in the arguments with Argentina. Someone needs to think of the consequences before they issue threats.

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    • 157
      I says I says I says:

      Storm a building!?

      Blimey, sounds a bit dangerous… I hope they’ve carried out a risk assessment & ensured all the correct PPE is handed out first!

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    • 223
      Anonymous says:

      The Met Police could storm the embassy four times and still not find Assange.

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    FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES EH? says:

    FUNNY HOW WE LECTURE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES ABOUT CORRUPTION.

    Looks like Julian has given the wrong people itchy bums. Can’t have those secret backroom deals being revealed to the public taxpayers after all…..

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    mikestallard says:

    The trouble is that this is a vital matter.
    Embassies are sacred spaces and have been since ancient Greece.
    If you break agreements like this, you very soon get down to the level of the Caliphate where people are invited to dinner so they can be exterminated.
    If diplomacy is to succeed at all (jaw jaw etc) then it is vital that trust is paramount.
    Julian Assange broke all the rules. I understand that.
    But storming into embassies is well out of order.

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      Bill Benson says:

      What “rules” did Assange break?

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      • 33
        StuffEm says:

        Revealing dirt perpetrated by powerful scum?

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      • 43
        O'Happy Day says:

        I was simple enough to assume that he was being extradited to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault – enough of a rule breaker for my purposes.

        If he were to be then extradited to the Americans I would suggest that we send a gunboat – sorry our expression of displeasure – to Sweden and tell them where they can stuff future European Arrest Warrants.

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      • 55
        SP4BS says:

        He made public the bleeding obvious.

        ie that people die in wars.

        Somehow the american people need to be insulated from such things.

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          Spartacus says:

          yes the person who took those pictures of american coffins in airplanes, returning from the oil grab, should be shot too

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        Bluebottle says:

        I think he is guilty of is screwing a couple of women who happened to know one another.

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        • 138
          Having a giraffe says:

          I have seen pictures of the two women he had sex with.

          I have never met Mr Assange but he clearly has a sense of humor.

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      • 137
        death due to leaks says:

        People think he broke no laws but he has broken the law by failing to comply with his bail conditions over the allegations he is a sexual offender. What he has also done was cause the deaths of many people in countries where they gave information. The sort of people he caused to be killed were the ones who let us know just how far down the line Iran is when it comes to building its nuclear weapons which they will use without doubt on Israel. They can’t help now because they are dead, killed after the leaks were published. Only the blind think secrets need to be known to all. If the secrets of this bail jumping self serving git to me, were secrets leaked to the world in WW2 the Nazis would still be in control of Europe. Secrets about our spies keep us safe and our possible enemies on their toes. He should just walk out and accept the law process but he has not got the balls or courage to face his female accusers nor what he has done over his leaks or the blood of the dead people on his hands. I do not wish him well.

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        • 147
          Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

          A long rant, but I am still not sure whether it originated in the US or Israeli embassy.

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        • 152
          Spartacus says:

          long rant and you missed out the bit about believeing the tooth fairy put money under your pillow.

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          • death due to leaks says:

            Nah I leave that sort of tooth fairy shite to those who believe him to be a true hero of freedom. Maybe if the believers of this bail jumping crook would not be short of several thousands of £’s each now he has up and left them with egg on their faces, proving to them he is a crook. That is why he is running scared of what he has done. He will need loads of gullible tooth fairy believers to fund him now.

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          • Slippery Slope says:

            +100

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      • 204
        Islington Village Voice says:

        What rules did he break? The rules of integrity and judgement. Just for starters, he affiliated himself with and acted as apologist for a racist supporter of genocide and terrorism. That also applies, by extension, to Europe’s last dictator.

        Far from being the Left’s speaker of truth to power, he’s a squalid little narcissist devoid of any principal.

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    • 140
      Ernestine Tentions says:

      It is a mere bagatelle for a political class that has, for some years now, considered itself above international law and entitled to run roughshod over democracy and decency.

      Make no error – Cameron et al are as morally bankrupt as the evil Blair and his corrupt gang.

      I live in hope that the people might put a stop to the malign dictatorships we suffer under.

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  5. 5
    Jomini says:

    I personally fear the Ecuadorian Navy like few others. They turn up on the Thames and the Water Bus service is going to be disrupted for at lest ten minutes. Idiots.

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  6. 6
    alex weir says:

    Uk is now truly a banana republic. Shame on the idiot highlander cameron and his puppet nick. I am today more than ashamed to be british

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    • 23

      Have you actually seen the letter allegedly sent to the Ecuadorian embassy?

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      Lynn da Cross says:

      There can be only Juan.

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    • 62
      Forkbender says:

      You have forgotten the guy who is supposed to be in charge of foreign affairs, the one and only Willy “kung fu” Hague or is he only foreign sec in name?

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      • 149
        Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

        I may have done the Fetus an injustice. He may have good reason for this action. Perhaps Assange has copies of the billets-doux between Fetus and his Spad.

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          Ffyon says:

          Where’s my Willy?

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        • 242
          Anonymous says:

          Or perhaps it was all deliberate – just a simple letter saying what could be done (not what would be done) and suddenly asylum is granted – so he is now the Ecudorian problem – if they do send him out of the embassy then they will get bad press – so they are now committed to looking after hiom for the forseeable future.

          If he “happens” to get away perhaps while atention is elsewhere then he gets to ecudor whihc becomes a larger prison as he can’t risk using any transport that might end up in the US.

          So he is limited to where he can go – and I seem to remember reading articles suggesting Ecudor is looking to free trade treaties with the EU – might be affected – as might the renegotiation about the free trade agreement with the US due Jan 2013 – could provide a reason for the negotiations to fail – there are also extradition treaties between ecudor and the US – whether there is anyway these could apply needs someone who knows the treaties a little better

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    Liarpoliticians says:

    The Ecuador guy is right, they are not a British colony, and the age of colonialism is over. The British government just made themselves look like complete idiots, and David Cameron comes off the biggest moron of all in this.

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    smoggie says:

    Send in the SAS like what they did for the Iranian embassy.

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  9. 11
    David 'Busted Flush' Cameron says:

    Look plebs I can’t have a man running around spilling the bosses secrets. It’s just not cricket as they say at Eton.

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    Don't make me laugh! says:

    They’ll send fat Boris to Zipline in through the windows and extract him.

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      It's the right thing to do says:

      Send in David Cameron to do his own dirty work.

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      Forkbender says:

      Boris would only get stuck again, but they could use him like a demolition ball from a crane, he would be truely unstoppable with his bulk.

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    • 153
      William Hague says:

      Just tell him the Ecuadorian Charges d’Affaires is a 30 year old woman and no zipline will be needed.

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  11. 16
    David Cameron (Leader of the Nasty Party) says:

    If proof were needed that we are the Nasty Party this is it.

    I call on all Bullingdon Boys,past and present,to assist in the attack.

    Back up for this operation will be provided by G4S and tickets for this pantomime are reasonably priced.

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    • 73
      Forkbender says:

      Where will you be Dave leading from the rear

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    • 89
      smoggie says:

      If you knew the first fucking thing about our system of government you would know that this has got fuck all to do with Cameron, even if it were true.

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      • 189
        Expat Geordie says:

        Something to do with the European Arrest Warrant I believe. We don’t get a lot of say in the matter. So I wonder who is telling us to break the Hague Convention?

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          A Possibility says:

          and/or the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

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          • Expat Geordie says:

            Apologies. You are correct and in this case I now look a bit of a muppet, again.

            Wasn’t the Hague Convention something about the rules and conventions of war? Didn’t it ban the use of Dum Dum bullets for use against “civilised” opponents?

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  12. 17
    Ed Miliband (Leader of the Party opposite) says:

    This action will not receive cross-party support,over to you,Nick Clegg.

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  13. 18
    Don't make me laugh! says:

    They’ll hire Arnie and Stallone and the rest of the Expendables to go get him.

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  14. 19
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    Why does everybody believe what the Ecuadorians are saying?

    Why have they not revealed the incriminating document?

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    • 22
      Bill Benson says:

      Errrr, the reporter from Sky News has seen it and confirmed its contents via Twitter.

      You need to keep up, or do you actually believe that the west wouldn’t pull a stunt like that?

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        UKIP.i.am.awake says:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index

        UK = 16
        Ecuador = 120

        There’s a bigger chance of Bojo becoming PM in the next six months than the UK storming the Ecuadorian embassy.

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          UKIP.i.am.awake says:

          http://www.hrw.org/americas/ecuador

          Corruption, inefficiency, and political influence have plagued the Ecuadorian judiciary for many years. In a referendum held in 2011, President Rafael Correa obtained a popular mandate for constitutional reforms that could significantly increase government powers to constrain media and influence the appointment and dismissal of judges.

          Ecuador’s laws restrict freedom of expression, and government officials, including Correa, use these laws against his critics. Those involved in protests marred by violence may be prosecuted on inflated and inappropriate ‘terrorism’ charges.

          Impunity for police abuses is widespread and perpetrators of murders often attributed to a “settling of accounts” between criminal gangs are rarely prosecuted and convicted.

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  15. 24
    Wally Wombat says:

    Would be wonderful if the government had shown the same resolve with Abu Hamza and other shitbags.

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  16. 25
    Grollace says:

    Let him go to Ecuador. The place is foul, full of spiders as big as rats. He’ll have nightmares too about having to shake hands with Chavez. Let me caress the tarantula any day!

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    MB. says:

    Can’t we just either break off diplomatic relations and close the embassy or downgrade it? I am sure it is more important to Ecuador to have an embassy here than for us to have one in their country. If the rest of the EU and USA could be persuaded to do the same then they might realise that protecting this one alleged rapist from justice is going to hurt their country.

    They should also set up a checkpoint outside the embassy and require everyone leaving to produce identification every time they leave the building.

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    • 42
      CorruptPoliticiansAreScared says:

      They might be able to do that. But then every country could do it also. Iran could do it to the British Embassy and so could Germany. Those countries all do that to British Embassies and arrest everyone inside. Would you think that was fair or a good thing? I didn’t think so. Just because politicians in Britain and the US are scared of all the information he has about corruption doesn’t give them the right to storm an Embassy or say it is no longer an Embassy. Like I say, every country could then do it.

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      Forkbender says:

      Yes could break off diplomatic relations, that mean we lose our embassies in their countries. Just think for a while why embassies excist, gathering information and bases for spying in foreign countries, that is the reason diplomats excist and always have.

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        MB. says:

        I hardly think there is anything worth spying on in Ecuador.

        They don’t need to break off relations completely just downgrade so only one or two people left there.

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  18. 30
    Billy Hague says:

    Listen.

    Whilst Dave and Nick are on holiday, I’m in charge and loving every minute of it.

    Bring back the Colonial Empire I say,I was proud to have been alive in that era.

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    Obama's poodle says:

    This has all blown up when both myself and my deputy are out of the country enjoying our holidays.

    If you are not happy then it is all the fault of William Hague and/or Theresa May.

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    Ides says:

    Wee Willie Hague is a effing genius. The Ecuadorians are bound to grant the asylum in the face of his threats. Otherwise they will be tagged as running poodles.

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    unfuckingbelievable says:

    What a bunch of fucking wankers. Even Hitler didn’t invade embassies.

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    A Pointless Procrastinating Prick Posing as PM, (via-email) says:

    I say you jolly chaps! Yours truly found a curt note from Mr Barrista waiting for him when he came down this morning! It said only ‘I’m waiting for you in Portugal. Why you in Spain?’

    Well dash my cotton socks! I thought Portugal WAS in Spain, – certainly looks like that on the map in my diary! Still, shouldn’t be far to walk over to see him, – may do that as my morning constitutional.

    Tell George there’s lots of cheap wine here. See if he can dream up a scam to import it cheap and charge the common people lots.

    LOL

    Dave

    PS that Ecador thingy – get some Spanish speaking honcho to say that Dave will deal with it later – am learning the lingo fast! Olla!

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    Who cares about Assange?? says:

    Wikileaks. Never show anything that is not already known.

    Assage. A minnow who thinks he is important.

    Ecuador. Enjoying being a BBC headline. Rare event.

    Assange should be a man and go to Sweden. After all he is innocent, right?!

    Maybe his “celebrity” supporters could go with him and hold his hand.

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    • 90
      Alexsandr says:

      but he will be worried the Swedish will give him to the yanks. Well wouldn’t you be?

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      • 98
        Who cares about Assange?? says:

        No. If I was as high profile as Julian

        End of the day, he is possibly a sex criminal hiding from justice.

        And he has possibly broken laws in America.

        He always protests innocence so he should be a man and face the courts.

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        • 122
          misterned says:

          +1

          IF he is what he claims and what his unbelievably gullible idiotic supporters believe, he would face justice and win.

          If the yanks wanted him from us, they only need to ask. They do not need to present any evidence, just a charge.

          It is easier for the Yanks to get him from us, than from the Swedes. SO why not go to trial and clear his name? IF he is innocent?

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          • SP4BS says:

            I don’t really see how you’d believe all sorts of wierd stuff about a “weapons expert” and not believe rather pedestrian stuff about Assange.

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        • 127
          SP4BS says:

          I don’t see the logic.

          Being a very prominent “anti-american” would make the americans cautious about getting hold of him? Or that they wouldnt pull strings to try and get hold of him?

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        MB. says:

        It is a normal condition of extradition to the US that the person will not be subject to capital punishment so the claims that he will be executed if sent to Sweden is rubbish.

        But if he is smuggled out of the embassy in some way then flown to Ecuador then he will be grabbed by the Americans if the plane lands in the USA or a friendly power. He also could be grabbed if the aircraft went through US airspace.

        The only evidence of the supposed threat to raid the embassy is from the Ecuadoreans, I suspect they either mistranslated or are playing to the home audience.

        I wonder if the Met Police can arrange for a few British criminals to also claim asylum in the embassy? Be quite cosy with a few dozen murderers, rapists and other criminals there.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    So not only can a man that is now under arrest for the murder of a child simply walk out of a house and vanish, how the fuck did Assange manage to get to this embassy in the first place? Was no one tailing him?

    Perhaps if fat plod spent less time rounding up Christians or arresting Twitter users they might not make such fuckups.

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  25. 48
    Zanoni says:

    MY LETTER TO THE ECUADORIAN EMBASSY

    Dear Sir, Madam,

    Firstly I would like to express my disgust at the actions of the UK government; a government comprised of the morally bankrupt and criminally corrupt.

    Secondly I would like to wish you well and assure you that many UK citizens are as disgusted with the UK government threats as you all surely must be.

    Thirdly I would like to remind you of the story of Yvonne Fletcher, a policewoman who was shot dead by a member of the Libyan embassy staff in 1984.

    What reaction did this meet from the UK government? Did they storm the embassy? No. The killer was simply allowed to leave through the front door.

    I would suggest your PR team use this story to demonstrate the wholly disproportionate actions of the UK government in the Equador/Assange matter.

    It’s clear to anyone who is not utterly stupid or foolish, the actions of the UK government are directed and motivated by their powerful puppet masters.

    Sincerely,

    Zanoni

    A UK Citizen who believes in honesty, truth and justice.

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    • 116
      Boots on the other foot says:

      You are Julian Assange and I claim my £5

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    • 133
      misterned says:

      IF you believe in honesty, truth and justice, you would WANT Assange to face trial in Sweden and face justice for the crimes of which he has been lawfully charged.

      You would not want him removed from justice by a VERY corrupt Ecuadorian regime, a regime which totally opposes the philosophy Assange himself claims to represent of openness, transparency and going public. A regime that is very censorious and corrupt and dishonest.

      Assange is a thoroughly dishonest, lying, egotistical sack of shit, who shit on everyone he has had any professional dealings with, if it suited his purpose. He has kept more secrets than he leaked, he doesn’t want any of his own private data divulged but is happy to divulge state secrets and risk the lives of thousands of innocent people. He has let down all the originators of the Wikileaks site and they abandoned him because he abandoned their principles first. That is why the man who actually coded their system for anonymous leaks, removed that code and took it with him to a replacement leaks service.

      You cannot at one and the same time, support honesty, truth and justice AND support Assange.

      I think that they should throw Assange in Gitmo and torture him, but they won’t because he is at best, a useful Asset for leaking “believable misinformation” and at worst a useful idiot for leaking “believable misinformation”

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      • 187
        Spartacus says:

        ”I think that they should throw Assange in Gitmo and torture him”

        You are beginning to understand why Assange is reluctant to go to Sweden. And why Sweden were not interested in Assange until six – eight months after the case was thrown out in Sweden, that the Americans told them to be interested.

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      • 210

        Can they not try Assange in his absence? Would be interesting to hear exactly what he is accused of…

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        • 236
          Marion the cat says:

          I too remember the supposed charges, dimly I admit, but I remember thinking, I don’t think that would be supported in the UK. Charges, possibly based on someone’s ‘spite’, Assange is a dick, but should he be locked up for originally upsetting the Yanks ?

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      • 248
        Anonymous says:

        OMG really, have you read the charges that he is charged with, the 2 woman have changed their stories many times and both now agree that they had agreed to have sex with him, however that aside, Assange has offered to talk to the Swedish police and he has not actually been charged with anything yet!! I believe in freedon of speech and the right for whistleblowers to make a stand

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    Senor David Cameron (At a secret location in Spain) says:

    As I am incapable of reaching a decision on whether to attack the Embassy,Nick and I have decided to listen to the people.

    Yes indeed, we will call a referendum on this issue.

    Bounos Dias !

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  27. 59
    Aunty Matter says:

    I’m not even sure how they get Assange out of the UK at some point Assange must touch British soil at Heathrow etc, he can be arrested then and put straight on a plane to Sweden, enough of the arsing around with fucking lawyers.

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    • 69
      Grimy Miner says:

      He could be classified as a “diplomatic bag” similar to Madame Slotgob when she accompanies the Reverend Bliar on his world mission to convert the savages into mince.

      Like

      • 84
        SP4BS says:

        I watched “Ghost” the other day. Its a film where the CIA manipulate the british government by putting an actor as the PM, in order to support the USA’s war in the middle east. Quite daft stuff really, and when Cherie Blair is the kingpin of the whole stuff its just silly.

        However, all of a sudden, a dormant sexual assault charge appears out of the blue to stop it being made.

        Either its to do with
        a) lowest common denominator opinion – that it makes people “feel bad”
        b) Some thin skinned bigwig is annoyed and has to get something done.
        c) The CIA was intensely irate with the suggestion that they had anything to do with Cherie.

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  28. 60
    Nullbymouth says:

    Glad to see the UK government putting as much effort into extraditing Abu Qatada as Julian Assange.

    Oh wait !

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    • 88
      Well it's a thought says:

      Assange would be better claiming asylum at the foreign office, once he did that, just like Quatada he would be an untouchable, his HR would come into operation.

      Like

    • 121
      Aunty Matter says:

      Or convert to Islam

      Like

      • 167
        ZioSpotter says:

        Hello Moshe. how’s Tel Aviv?

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        • 219
          Islington Village Voice says:

          Much as it may irk you, still the sole surviving modern democracy in the ME – upholding equality and HR. A bright light amongst the dark age barbarism all around.

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  29. 63
    a non says:

    Bring it on. Since every cloud has a silver lining it could open the door for many countries in the world to reciprocate, especially concerning the world tourist / war criminal Saint Bliar. Any tit-for-tat response that removed that odious little runt to face prison or execution might be worth it!

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  30. 66
    Yawn says:

    Watch this space…

    Tags: Crime
    at August 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

    8.55 and still nothing happening. I’m going for a coffee

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    • 91
      O'Happy Day says:

      You missed it. The Metropolitan Police turned up and said “there is nothing to see here, move along, move along please.”

      Always the same – go for a coffee and miss everything (including THEM talking about YOU).

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  31. 71
    Who cares about Assange?? says:

    Assange is accused of sexual assault on to alleged victims.

    He says he is innocent but hides in a fecking embassy on the pretence the Americans might get him one day.

    Be a fecking man Assange! You would get far more respect if you walk out and go to trial. You just look a coward and guilty carrying on being a pussy.

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    • 86
      Mornington Crescent says:

      +1.

      Still, the weather’s warm and today is A-Level results day, so I’m getting ready for a deluge of photos of skimpily-clad posh totty jumping in the air, celebrating their results.

      Hands off socks, on cocks.

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      • 97
        Duty Pedant says:

        The reference to cocks means one of three possibilities …

        1. A typo and you meant cock
        2. You are a mutant
        3. You are a Gayer

        Please clarify then I may correct your post

        That is all

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        • 237
          Marion the cat says:

          Reading Spike Milligan, its what the Sargeant would tell the troops in the barrack room when he woke them in the morning, it is a correct statement and not grammatically incorrect.

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      • 104
        We need more posh boys in British politics says:

        Great – a year’s a long time to wait for fruity girls’ day in the papers. Couldn’t they come up with some other device so that we could see fruity girls more often? How about a picture of a partially undressed girl with her opinion on a news item of the day? Anyone with a brain think that this would work?

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      • 160
        SaltPetre says:

        You like them ‘barely legal’ huh?

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    • 99
      SP4BS says:

      People round these parts believe all sorts of conspiracy theories, and yet they don’t think that the USA and its politicians might be a bit pissed off and be out to get Assange.

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      • 141
        misterned says:

        If they really had wanted to get Assange that badly, they would have put in a request for extradition, claiming a law had been broke, and he would be in an American Jail already.

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  32. 75
    Ah! Monika says:

    What will Boris say? That’s the question.

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    • 95
      We need more posh boys in British politics says:

      He’s so random how are we supposed to come up with an answer.

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      • 120
        Ah! Monika says:

        There’s a kid ( not yet old enough to read the Guardian ) on CBBC who knows why there are snails in gardens. Has anybody thought of asking her how to get him out?

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  33. 93
    Ah! Monika says:

    Another ruse to force Dave’s hand in the re-shuffle. Now if Mandelson was still around….

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  34. 100
    I don't need no doctor says:

    If only Blair was still PM, we would surely be at war with Ecuador by now. WMD anyone?

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  35. 102
    Mitt the Alien says:

    If I was Mr Leader I would just push the button and sent a cruise missile through the fucking letterbox.

    The US does not need diplomacy

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  36. 103
    Golly says:

    If our Government think they can get their hands on Julian Arseache by storming the Embassy with an order under this 1987 Act then I think they are in for a very rude shock and the tax payer for a very large bill !

    The Act was never intended to be used in a situation such as this and a High Court Judge would demolish any application in no uncertain terms.

    If this is the best the Government can do it does not fill me with confidence that they can balance the nation’s finances and create two million real jobs.

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    • 144
      misterned says:

      I do not want the government to create 2 million jobs. I want private enterprise and a free market to create millions of jobs.

      Labour created millions of useless jobs and now our economy is fucked.

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    • 195
      There may be trouble ahead says:

      Such an application falls under the remit of Theresa May, just so you know.

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  37. 108
    Who cares about Assange?? says:

    America is probably a bit cross with Assange.

    His two possible female victims are certainly cross with him.

    I should think Ecuador is rather pissed off to be in this position.

    Assange at the moment is like a fugitive holed up. He faces serious charges and should be a man and face the music in a blaze of publicity and celebrity backers.

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  38. 109
    muppetandchums says:

    Osram (aka Hague) has again failed to join up the dots. The post-colonial public school gunboat huzzah has overtaken what little common sense was vested in the front bench cabal.

    Whist they are following their Masters orders from over the Pond they’d be well minded to see how this plays out in South America. Not content with throwing away the amoral high ground perhaps they can defray the losses by opening a book at William Hill on how many UK embassies and consulates get torched from the Rio Grande down to Tierra del Fuego ?

    Izquierda Unida ~ it will be in Osram’s schoolboy dictionary

    Interesting to see how many public figures and states back Assange & Wikileaks against the new Axis of Evil led by BO and his emasculated poodle Dave; still too busy counting up the Olympic costs and marking his territory on the carpet to wake up and smell the (South American )coffee.

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    • 119
      Tony Eden from Eton says:

      In the recent past Iran Syria Argentina Russia China Spain Jamaica and now Ecuador have managed to describe our present Government as colonial.

      Clearly they are all wrong .

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  39. 114
    JP says:

    Such a shame the victims of the aledged sexual assault won’t get to have a day in court

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  40. 115
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    2012 the last year of the Mayan calendar.

    Isr*ael threatens to blow up Ir*an’s nuclear sites.
    China and Japan in bitter territorial dispute.
    UK threatens to send a plod into Ecua*dorian Embassy and ask Mr Ass*ange if he would be so kind as to agree to accompany them on charges of NoW-style hac*king and rap*e.

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  41. 118
    Gordon Brown says:

    Today I’m going to be a record amount of A+ passes, until next year that is.

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    • 131
      Kid with long legs, short skirt says:

      I have just got 27 A*s and can’t afford the bus fare to Oxford. I live in Cambridge but haven’t got a punt. What should I do?

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  42. 128
    Unknown says:

    Are the Ecuadorians and JA dumb? If JA is granted asylum then we arrest him when he leaves the embassy on his way to the airport. The police barricade the road on which the Embassy is on and search all cars leaving the road.

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    • 159
      Grimy Miner says:

      Errrr

      Embassy vehicles are designated foreign soil, that is why they don’t have to pay VED. To search an embassy vehicle is exactly the same as storming the embassy and searching that.

      Is “Unknown” your I.Q.?

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  43. 129
    Hmmm says:

    If he sexually assaulted some bird in Sweden then why do they want to send him to the USA.

    Was she a USA national?

    So basically he got fitted up by a female CIA spook?

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    • 172
      FuManChuStein says:

      It’s quite easy for a hypnotist to make you think you are a Piggy, born again or indeed raped by J.A.
      It’s also quite easy to program you to think and do all sorts of other stuff.

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  44. 134

    Assange is rather an unpleasant, seedy individual with a strong streak of narcissism but that should not alter the fact that there seems to be a put-up job here where the USA is likely to use its imperialist role to have its way upon any square foot of the world that it pleases. The more it is successful, the worse it will get and stands the risk of creating a situation just as evil as the Third Reich with people becoming expendable in any numbers outside its borders.

    This goes beyond the rather narrow issue of him cosying up to a lefty dictator in the making.

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    • 198
      Expat Geordie says:

      Like the UK, Sweden will not extradite someone to a country where they could face the death penalty. If Assange were to face the death penalty he would be safe here or in Sweden. He could even go to Canada or back to Australia after the trial in Sweden and he would still be safe.

      He’s just using a flimsy excuse to avoid having to go to trial.

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  45. 135
    Webwrights says:

    There’s a superb analysis of the Assange case by David Aaronovich in today’s ‘Times’. I tend to disagree with almost everything he writes, but he has picked apart the cases for and against exceptionally well.

    Assange’s attitude of “I’m the only one marching in step” has worn very thin.

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    • 146
      death due to leaks says:

      I think him a toss**, I do not wish him well at all. I’d just a get three Rugby League teams, popped up on hop juice and tell them “if you get the pasty looking blond bloke out, he’ll pay for all your drinks for a week.” Job done.

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  46. 143
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Dear ECUADORIAN AMBASSADOR

    Where is Ecuador?
    The US wishes to pay a visit should Mr Assange go to Ecuador.

    PS Mind the coppers at the door, the car doors, the airport !

    Sincerely

    Baron Hogwash

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  47. 162
    Who cares about Assange?? says:

    If it were down to me, I would give Ecuador notice that tomorrow at 6.00am the UK will be coming for Assange.

    I would simply deflect critics by asking if sex criminals deserve diplomatic immunity.

    Then he would be on a plane to Sweden. Goodbye Mr Assange.

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  48. 163
    Anonymous says:

    Our government is really hilarious
    It’s legal position precarious
    It’s going to war
    With Ecuador
    For Julian’s crimes – which are various

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  49. 168
    goodbte says:

    Let him go to Ecuador.
    Then let the Yanks, Swedes and Ecuadorians deal with the issue.

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  50. 169
    Mad frankies older sister says:

    Perhaps the FCO has threatened Equador in fear that they were about to deny him asylum

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  51. 171
    TomCatesby says:

    For those of us who are old enough to remember,can we expect to see the SAS swinging from rope to rope like Tarzan and Cheetah, through the windows of the Ecuadorian embassy,as in the ‘good old days’, a la Iranian embassy seige? Incidently, just for once can any british government stop being so publicly, gut wrenchingly servile about doing the Americans dirty work for them? Remember ‘special rendition’?

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    • 181
      Disco Biscuit says:

      It was extraordinary rendition, not special.

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      • 220
        Ho hum says:

        …and it is also “incidentally” and not ‘incidently’.

        Labour education victim…

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        • 234
          TomCatesby says:

          Thanks for that, not labour education victim, more to do with wrong specs when checking preview…Ah thats better! Now I can clearly see, there’s one ‘C’ in ‘clever’ and one in ‘***t’.

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      • 233
        TomCatesby says:

        What was extraordinary was the UK Gov’t hadn’t got the bollocks to tell the US to fuck off over those illegal acts

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    • 200
      jgm2 says:

      The SAS stormed the Iranian embassy at the request of the Iranian government since the hostage-takers were threatening Iranian diplomatic staff. The British government also paid for the repairs.

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  52. 180
    Disco Biscuit says:

    The BBC’s James Landale is wrong*, the premises of diplomatic missions in the UK are not considered to be the sovereign territory of the country they serve.

    *Yes I realise this is not news.

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  53. 183
    Cobblers says:

    You are missing the point. He is wanted only for questioning in Sweden. If he is sent back to Sweden the questioning will be perfunctory and then he will be extradited to the USA. The legislation mentioned in the letter was created after the Libyan Embassy siege to deal with murderers not wistleblowers.

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  54. 188
    HenryV says:

    Dave wouldn’t be that dumb and sanction action against another state’s territory over this turd would he?

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  55. 192
    Kitchener of Khartoum says:

    If we haven’t enough ships of all sorts to mount an expedition to Ecuador if they cut up rough, then it’ll be the cruise ship to Guyana and a walk through the jungle.

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  56. 194
    I can't find my sunglasses says:

    I think the point is that by even having sent that letter then the UK’s status in the world is undermined

    The damage will last long after this Government has gone.

    Thank you Mr Cameron.

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  57. 207
    Anonymous says:

    The facts are thus.

    If it was simply a case of making Julian Assange face trial for some sex crime he has committed in Sweden, why the FUCK are we storming a diplomatic embassy?

    There are clerics that threaten to destroy and terrorize the people of Great Britain, yet we give them safe asylum. So why the hell are we planning to storm a diplomatic embassy so Julian Assange can face trial for some sex crime he is supposed to have committed in SWEDEN?

    If the Swedes want him, then they can storm an embassy. We should keep out of it.

    Of course, that’s assuming the plan is to make Assange answer for his sex crimes in Sweden, and not to send him off to the Americans

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  58. 211

    I envisage hundred of people wearing Julian Assange masks thronging to the embassy. Alright, V masks, if they’re easier to aquire.

    Downside is, whoever else might be wearing a mask…

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  59. 214

    Of course, he could just put on a burkha…

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  60. 215
    mrjohn says:

    Boris was all over the Olympics like a rash, where is he now?

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  61. 216

    Or, and I know this is a long shot, have the US guvment give an assurance that they *won’t* try to extradite Assange while he’s in Sweden.

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  62. 217
    Arse says:

    Assange is a vainglorious twat. Similar in psychology to the Australian moron who tried to disrupt the boat race. What is it with these Aussie wazzocks that they have to come to the UK to engage in their weirdo extremist nonsense. Raid the embassy, grab Assange, stick him on a rowing boat in the channel and tell him to fuck off.

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  63. 218

    But he’s *our* vainglorious twat (in spirit, at any rate).

    Like

    • 240
      Anonymous says:

      Er-no he isn’t.
      An Aussie,accused of raping women in Sweden,hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy.
      Fuck all to do with us and no one,apart from a few nutty conspiracy theorists or immatu re lefty students,give a shit about him.

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  64. 225
    Mad frankies older sister says:

    Told you so.

    All together now

    William Hagues a twat
    William Hagues a twat

    Now we either piss off the USA or Latin America.

    With such vision and great Policymaking skills.he would make a good Home Secretary

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  65. 228
    keredybretsa says:

    There must be enough Legal Begals in the House to know whether they have a good chance or if this is a no-chancer. Probably best to forget him and let him stay as a ‘prisoner’ in the Embassy. That way the hot potato is an Equadorian problem.

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  66. 229

    I’m sure when they talk about the price of eternal vigilance, having the plods stake out the Ecuadorean embassy isn’t what they have in mind…

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  67. 231

    Soz, strike that, reverse it…

    [Geoffrey Robertson?] on WatO, said the Swedes only want to ‘interview’ Assange, and they could do that at the embassy. They could even organise a frickin’ video conference, so what’s stopping them?

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  68. 232
    joescotus says:

    feel sorry for the useless idiots who posted bail ….like fuck i do

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  69. 244
    Chess player says:

    They should appoint Assange as a diplomat, wouldn’t that be checkmate.

    Like

  70. 245
    pedant says:

    So because someone says he’s raped someone, then he’s guilty, not till he’s been found guilty he isn’t, until then YOU are innocent.

    Like

  71. 246
    Bilbao Baggins says:

    I have it on good authority that Chuck Norris has been spotted near Sloane Square… something big is goin’ down, I can feel it…

    Like


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