Ecuador UK WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange ‘Threat Over’, says BBC. Three hours ago, at 3AM New Zealand time 27 August, BBC announced that ‘the diplomatic spat’ was over because the British government had announced it would not be entering the premises of the Ecuadorian Embassy.
This announcement follows a meeting of diplomats from South American countries which took place in Washington DC on Friday.
The latest post listed on Google on this Washington meeting is one put up two days ago by the ‘China Daily’ entitled: “Witchhunt of Julian Assange a Shame.” – Diplomats… meeting in Washington on Friday will support the asylum which Ecuador has granted to Julian Assange the founder (of WikiLeaks)…….from possible persecution for his part in releasing a trove of diplomatic documents in 2012….”
But the post itself cannot be viewed. Oh – this time I am lucky. Two hours later, the post from ‘China Daily’ has just appeared.
Chen Weihua of the ‘China Daily’ says that both Britain and Sweden have refused to promise that Julian Assange will not be extradited to America if he goes to Sweden for ‘questioning’ about sexual allegations laid on him there. Chen Weihua says “If there is no conspiracy among these three countries, why wouldn’t they give such an assurance?”
Julian Assange made a plea a week ago to President Obama, from the balcony of the Ecuador Embassy in London, where he asked the President “to do the right thing” and abandon its investigation into WikiLeaks.
Unfortunately, it seems as if President Obama has not ‘done the right thing’ by giving any such assurance.
Julian Assange should most certainly be freed. People who speak out against governments should not be punished. Free speech is supposed to be the right of all people living in a democracy. But we know that the United States of America has grown so big and powerful now, it thinks it can do anything, even to curbe people’s freedom of expression if it interferes with their plans to dominate the economy of the world.
The biggest threat to democracy is not from ‘communist’ or so-called Middle Eastern ‘trouble’ spots: The threat to democracy is coming from within, from the gall of that champion of democracy itself – the United States of America – or the ‘United States of Amnesia’, as Gore Vidal has called it. This democracy, and Britain too, seems to have forgotten what the precepts of a democracy are.
And this is why Julian Assange’s fight for personal freedom represents a fight for true democratic ideals: He is fighting for freedom of expression for all people, and demanding justice for all, including those rich and powerful people who make decisions for the rest of us. Transparency in government dealings is what Julian Assange demands. And so it should be, if the world is to become a better place. Out with corruption, we say!
The good news is that, since the meeting of the Americas diplomats, Britain seems to have relaxed its imperialist stance and has stated it will not be storming Ecuador’s Embassy in London. However, Julian Assange is not truly safe yet, and nor will he be until he makes it to Ecuador under political protection. Even there, I would be worried that the CIA might do something terrible.
The President of Ecuador, Mr Rafael Correa, has made a statement at a press conference on Sunday 26th August, 2012. He said that Britain “had given up its threat” to enter the Ecuador Embassy in London in order to take out Julian Assange. He said he had received a written assurance from the British Foreign Office which stated that this would not be happening:
“We consider this unfortunate incident over”, he said, “after a grave diplomatic error by the British in which they said they would enter our embassy.” He also said that the British Foreign Office has denied that they ever made such a threat in the first place.
British officials apparently earlier made the claim that they could enter the Ecuador Embassy because of a law which was passed in 1987, which they said allowed police to enter diplomatic premises.
On Friday, the Ecuador Embassy received an official letter from the British Foreign Office. The British say that this letter was designed to allay the fears of the Ecuador Embassy ‘so that talks could resume.’ They also made a communication to the Government of Ecuador which said that “there was no threat to enter the Embassy.”
“So that talks can resume” sounds a little ominous to me. What other threats or arm-twisting will the British/American/Swedish collaborative force think of next?
The British and their mates are out to get Julian Assange – After extradion to Sweden on those sexual assault charges which Julian Assange denies, and which he says are “politically motivated”, he can expect the worst – Captivity in an American military prison, and possible death.
The story of ‘the wolf in sheep’s clothing’ comes to mind: Because the whole Julian Assange shambles is a collaboration of governments feigning honesty, pretending they are the righteous innocents who are protecting the democracies of the world. Their ‘righteousness and Holier-Than-Thou’ attitude, they think, justifies killing, and justifies their war crimes, justifies their secrecy – The three obvious collaborators in this present shameful charade are Britain, USA and Sweden, who want to silence Julian Assange and punish him for exposing their lies and deceits. If he ends up in America, he will suffer the same punishment which Private Bradley Manning has – interrment without trial, with conditions the UN has described as ‘torturous and inhumane.’
He may even face execution if politicians such as Hilary Clinton have their way. I liked her before I saw her reaction to Julian Assange’s publication of ‘sensitive’ documents, documents published in 2012 which exposed US military abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan.