WikiLeaks founder Assange seeks political asylum
Posted on August 20th, 2012
Two months ago, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (JA) took shelter in Ecuador UK Embassy seeking political asylum and last week he was offered asylum. Now the UK refuses safe passage to him from the country. This means that if or when he leave the Embassy he would be arrested. The British police keep watch on him from outside the Embassy as they cannot legally enter the premises.
Ecuador granted him asylum on the grounds that if extradited to Spain, he is at high risk of ending in the US to face espionage charges. JA is accused of sexually molesting 2 WikiLeaks volunteers in Spain 2 years ago. He denies the accusation and says that it is a ploy to extradite him to Spain and from there to the US. According to JA, the US is planning a wide rage of charges against him and that he could be persecuted for them or even have to face the death penalty. He is also concerned that he could be tortured like David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib at Guantanamo Bay. So if Britain prevents him from going to Ecuador he plans to appeal to ICJ.
Ecuador expects the UK to comply with diplomatic obligations and respect its sovereignty. But in contrast to this, the UK had warned Ecuador that she would revoke diplomatic immunity for the Embassy, empowering the police to arrest JA. Ecuador considers it unprecedented and treats such an action as violation of international law and responded with greater diplomatic force. Ironically, asylum had been given to criminals, terrorists, terror backers and so on in the UK, US, Australia, and so on, picking on ‘human rights’. JA is an Australian citizen, but Australia is not prepared to give him legal protection. A Third World country Ecuador has come to his rescue !