I’m not sure where I stand with the whole Julian Assange situation (WikiLeaks, his attempt to avoid returning to Sweden for questioning).
But I do have a two nagging questions about his seeking asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy:
Ecuador was not compelled to grant political asylum to Assange.
If they felt it was a spurious claim, they could have politely said, “Not this time,” and handed him back. So I am taking it that the Ecuadorean government have done their research and decided that Assange has a reasonable enough claim.
Would the British government be suggesting they could take Assange if he had sought (and been granted) asylum in the United States embassy (hypothetically speaking)?
The British swagger over their claim that they have legislation that allows them to override the protection of a foreign embassy sounds a bit like bullying to me. I think they are doing it because they can, given that Ecuador does not sit highly on the scale of world powers. Could you see them trying this with the United States?
Just saying …
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