Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Julian Assange: UK ‘thrt’ to arrest Wikis founder (BBC)

Julian Assange: UK ‘thrt’ to arrest Wikis founder (BBC)
Ecuador has accused the UK of making a “thrt” to enter its embassy in London to arrest Wikis’ Julian Assange.
Mr Assange took refuge at the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over assault and rape claims, which he denies.
Ecuador says a decision on his claim for political asylum will come later.
The UK Foreign says it can lift the embassy’s diplomatic status to fulfil a “legal obligation” to extradite the 41-yr-old.
The Wikis website published a mass of diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments, particularly the US, in 2010, and Mr Assange says he frs that Sweden will pass him on to the American authorities.
A of police rs are outside the Ecuadorn embassy, in Knightsbridge, where some of Mr Assange’s supporters have also gathered.
Demonstrators also protested outside the British embassy in Ecuador’s capital. s from Quito showed protesters holding signs saying “We are sovereign, not colonies” and a union jack being stepped on.
At a news conference in Quito on Wednesday, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, said a letter from the UK government had been delivered through a British embassy official.

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