Julian Assange. The end. If only. If only he was in jail where he should rightly be. Instead, he has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Town. Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder has said that he will turn himself over to UK police if the UN panel rules that he has NOT been unlawfully detained. Whatever. I thought the UN had more pressing problems to deal with, but I guess I was wrong.
Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London back in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims. Wow. Did that really happen? Yes. Yes it did. Would it happen in the US? I don’t know. I would like to think NO. Anyway, in 2014 Assange complained to the UN that he was being arbitrarily detained as he could not leave without being arrested. Boo hoo mate. The last time I checked when you committed a heinous crime you went straight to jail without collecting $200. Oh, and you went willingly to that embassy for refuge. No one forced you. So you had a roof over your head, 3 square meals and a treadmill. Not bad for a criminal. Meanwhile the women that you hurt and subsequently dismantled their lives were left with incredible pain and torment as they tried to piece their lives back together. As you can see, I don’t have a lot of love for Assange.
Last year, Swedish prosecutors dropped 2 sex assault claims against Assange. However, he still faces the more more serious accusation of rape. Assange was arrested in London in 2010 under a European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden. He was then granted asylum by Ecuador and entered the country’s embassy in Knightsbridge after the UK Supreme Court ruled the extradition against him could go ahead.
Assange via Wikileaks posted top secret American government documents on the internet. Not cool dude. And terribly dangerous and arrogant in equal measure. But that is just MY opinion. Assange has always believed that Washington would seek his transfer to the US if he is sent to Sweden. Maybe. Maybe not. So the issues here are complex and troublesome as they contain sexual assault and top secret documents which Assange thought it would be OK for the world to see. Err. Nope.
In a statement published on Twitter, Assange said, “Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal. However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.” Sheesh.
According to Caroline Hawley, BBC diplomatic correspondent, Assange claims his time inside the embassy does amount to detention “as he would be arrested if he came out”. In addition, last October, Scotland Yard said it would no longer station officers outside the Ecuador embassy following an operation which had cost it £12.6m. But it said “a number of overt and covert tactics to arrest him” would still be deployed. Well, thank goodness for that. Scotland Yard doing their thing as per usual.
So, we will have to wait until Friday 5 February to see what goes down. Am hoping Assange goes straight to prison. And that is me being NICE.