Jump to content
The Official Site of the Vancouver Canucks
Canucks Community

Freedom Fighter


Buddhas Hand

Recommended Posts

Julian Assange: UK issues 'threat' to arrest Wikileaks founder

15 August 2012 Last updated at 22:43 _61067176_015117709-1.jpg Julian Assange's Wikileaks published leaked diplomatic cables

The UK has issued a "threat" to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in London to arrest Julian Assange, Ecuador's foreign minister has said.

Ricardo Patino said a decision on the Wikileaks founder's asylum request would be made public on Thursday.

Mr Assange took refuge at the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over assault and rape claims, which he denies.

The Foreign Office says the UK has a legal obligation to extradite him.

At a news conference in Quito on Wednesday night, 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.

"Ecuador rejects in the most emphatic terms the explicit threat of the British official communication."

'Hostile act'

He said such a threat was "improper of a democratic, civilized and rule abiding country".

"If the measure announced in the British official communication is enacted, it will be interpreted by Ecuador as an unacceptable, unfriendly and hostile act and as an attempt against our sovereignty. It would force us to respond," he said.

"We are not a British colony".

A Foreign Office spokesman said the UK remained "determined" to fulfil its obligation to extradite Mr Assange.

"Throughout this process have we have drawn the Ecuadorians' attention to relevant provisions of our law, whether, for example, the extensive human rights safeguards in our extradition procedures, or to the legal status of diplomatic premises in the UK," the spokesman said.

"We are still committed to reaching a mutually acceptable solution."

The law which Britain is threatening to invoke in the Assange case is the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987.

It allows the UK to revoke the diplomatic immunity of an embassy on UK soil, which would potentially allow police to enter the building to arrest Mr Assange.

On Monday, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said a decision would be made this week after he held a meeting with his advisers.

Mr Patino said that a decision on Mr Assange's asylum request had been made and that an announcement would made on Thursday morning at 07:00 Ecuadorean time (13:00 BST).

Mr Assange's Wikileaks website published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments, particularly the US in 2010.

The 41-year-old Australian says he fears that if he is extradited to Sweden, he may be sent later to the US and could face espionage charges.

this is f#cked , whistle blowers around the world beware !

Link to comment
Share on other sites

WikiLeaks founder Assange to run for senate in Aus

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is planning to run for election to the Australian senate, the organisation announced Saturday on Twitter.

Assange, an Australian citizen, is on bail awaiting a British court decision on his appeal against extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.

He strongly denies the assault claims, saying they are politically motivated and linked to the activities of WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of confidential documents on the Internet.

The whistle-blowing website said it appeared that the 40-year-old’s current legal situation did not rule him out of running for Australia’s upper house.

“We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter. “Julian has decided to run.”

WikiLeaks said it will also field a candidate to run directly against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her lower house electorate of Lalor, in Victoria, in the elections, which are due in 2013.

Each of Australia’s states is represented by 12 senators, with half-senate elections for some 40 vacancies generally held at the same time as national polls for the lower House of Representatives.

The “state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time”, WikiLeaks said.

Gillard vs. Julian

The Australian government has previously blasted WikiLeaks, with Gillard describing its release of US diplomatic cables as “grossly irresponsible”.

Gillard’s government ordered Australian police to investigate whether WikiLeaks had broken Australian law, but they reported back in 2010 it had not broken any under their jurisdiction in releasing the cables.

Assange is fighting being sent to Stockholm because he fears it would open the way for his extradition to the US to face charges of spying linked to the leaking of classified military documents by US soldier Bradley Manning.

Manning has been formally charged for allegedly turning over a trove of classified US documents to WikiLeaks in one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history.

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, who has been critical of the government’s handling of the case, called on Canberra to oppose any attempts to transfer Assange to the US.

Ludlam told AFP he had no knowledge of Assange’s plans to run for the Senate, but that he had the right to do so as an Australian citizen, and his running for office could boost the profile of his extradition case.

Wikileaks.org was set up by a group including Assange, a former computer hacker, in late 2006 to let whistleblowers post sensitive documents on the Internet without being traced.

The group has since released thousands classified US military documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and more than 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables, many of which were deeply embarrassing to Washington

he has got my vote .

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...