Wikileaks founder Julian Assange published a mass of leaked high security private diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments, particularly the US, in 2010. Assange is wanted in Sweden for the rape assault of two Swedish citizens.
Mr Assange went into hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden regarding the rape charges. He faces questioning over assault and rape claims, which he so far denies. he is hoping to get asylum in Ecuador and not face the charges in Sweden.
The UK Foreign Office said it could revoke the embassy’s diplomatic status and raid the embassy and arrest Assange.
In a statement issued as Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino spoke, it said the UK had a “legal obligation” to extradite Mr Assange. A number of British police officers are outside the Ecuadorean embassy, in the city of Knightsbridge.
A letter from the UK government was delivered through a British embassy official to the Ecuadorian embassy.
They received a letter from the United Kingdom an express threat, in writing, that they might storm the Embassy in London if they don’t hand over Julian Assange.
“Ecuador rejects in the most emphatic terms the explicit threat of the British official communication.”
Ecuadors embassy said such a threat was “improper of a democratic, civilised 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, “Ecuador said.
Now, we don’t know if Assange is guilty or innocent – but we do know that the accusations against him have been badly reported, misconstrued.
The allegations against Assange are rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. He’s accused of pinning one woman’s arms and using his body weight to hold her down during one alleged assault, and of raping a woman while she was sleeping. In both cases, according to the allegations, Assange did not use a condom. The controversy seems to center on the fact that both encounters started off consensually. One of his accusers was quoted by the Guardian newspaper in August as saying, “What started out as voluntary sex subsequently developed into an assault.” Whether consent was withdrawn because of the lack of a condom is unclear, but also beside the point. In Sweden, it’s a crime to continue to have sex after your partner withdraws consent, end of story.
Let’s get this strait: Sweden does not have a “broken condom” law as some media outlets have falsely reported. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was not arrested because his condom failed mid-coitus either. Nor is he charged with “sex by surprise as other media outlets have claimed, the charge is rape!