Friday, 17 August 2012

Julian Assange and the Embassy Siege

I, like my two fellow blog mates, live in the UK, and as you may or may not be aware, there is trouble in the state of England. Julian Assange, who has remained in the UK whilst he appealed against extradition to Sweden for quite a few months now. The official line in all this, is that Mr Assange is wanted for the questioning in Sweden to do with some trumped up Sexual offence, which surprisingly only came to light after the wiki-leaks scandals. The UK, up until this point, had been acting in an officious way, and rightly so, preventing the calls by the US and Sweden for denied appeal and letting it run its course, they even granted him limited bail.

Whistle-blower, Cyber Terrorist, Bond Villain, people call him many things he is not, me and just call him Mr. Humphries from are you being served. 

But then something serious happened just over 24 hours ago from when I am writing, something that I can't find precedent for, not even under a conservative government (Cheap, but I'm letting it stay). I give you a rough letter presented to the Ecuadorian (Spelling debated) Embassy in the last day.

"You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the embassy. We sincerely hope that we do not reach that point, but if you are not capable of resolving this matter of Mr Assange's presence in your premises, this is an open option for us."

What the fuck was that. Did my government just threaten to raid an embassy? Christ, if literally any other country did that, save a few of the stalwart 'American Allies', there would be embargoes before you worked out embargoes has two Es in it. Actually screw it, even the American allies would probably be disowned. If I was religious, I'd pray to God that they don't do this. Of course, the raid is the worst case scenario, the threat itself even existing is pretty damn dire though. It completely removes all doubt that this man wouldn't be given any sort of fair trial if he gives up.

Here is your free "holiday" plane to Guantanamo Mr Assange -Swedish Generosity 

Now let us make this very clear, Julian Assange is not hiding from anything, he has offered numerous times that the Swedish question him WITHIN Britain, a very common practice when it comes to sticky cases. Unlike what the movies would have us think, Extradition is not an overly common practice, even a high ranking Swedish Prosecutor said that the demands were "unreasonable and unprofessional, as well as unfair and disproportionate". It is very clear that this case is beyond the simple sexual charges pressed against Assange in Sweden. Politicians within both of the American Political Parties have called what Julian Assange did Espionage, a crime that carries the DEATH PENALTY. Now I'm a liberal, cheese eating surrender monkey, in the typical vain of washy Europeans, and that is unacceptable, regardless of what you think about Assange, exploiting international law in this way is a mark of Tyranny, straight up, Empire style Tyranny.

(And my damn government is complicit in it)

Unfortunately I can't make a funny joke about how I didn't know where Ecuador was, I played them on Hearts of Iron III.

Now the US is a tyrannical place at the moment, with all the laws shuffled in during the Bush administration, and Obama's seemingly two faced approach to both 'Liberal Reform' and 'Terrorist Hunter Extraordinary" which has carried it on in more ways than his support base probably guessed it would, I imagine. 

Now, I'm informed reliably that the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister said something similar to "This isn't colonial times" when Old William Hague made his gusto asshole threats towards Ecuador, and man, whoever he is. I salute you, and all of Ecuador. International Law exists to protect US from the government, and if our government is literally willing to violate international law to gain access to a man who did nothing but stand up for freedom, then god dammit, I shouldn't even have to say it, but that is not a government I want to be complicit in. 

You will see American journalists, well, some American journalists at the moment trying to pass of self serving reasons for the asylum granting. But I really don't think you will find them, this is a stand against America, and while I usually don't buy the whole 'ideological' blow, then this is really working, it is making America look stupid, Sweden look stupid, and Britain down right oppressive.

I'm annoyed enough as it is, but, if everyone goes wrong and the British Government do raid that embassy, then that is it, if anyone asks, I'm German from here on in, or Canadian, or Danish, or any other country that believes in freedom.

"This a decision of a sovereign government, which doesn't have to ask for British permission to act," -Rosana  Alvarado of the Ecuadorian National Assembly.

Hopefully this will all die down and I won't have to write about it again, Assange will get his extradition (helluva unlikely) and America might understand that you can't always get what you want, then we can all forget that silly Embassy threat, and siege, and protest.

*sigh*, it is going to be a long week. 

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