[Marxism] Julian Assange seeking asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 19 13:23:17 MDT 2012


http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jun/19/julian-assange-wikileaks-asylum-ecuador

Julian Assange seeking asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London

WikiLeaks founder walked into the embassy and asked for asylum 
under the United Nations human rights declaration

     Beatrice Woolf
     guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 19 June 2012 15.10 EDT

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sought political asylum at 
the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

He walked into the embassy in London's Knightsbridge district and 
asked for asylum under the United Nations Human Rights Declaration.

A man speaking from the embassy said the whistleblower had arrived 
there today.

Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino also confirmed the 
Australian had taken refuge at its embassy and that the country's 
government was weighing up the request.

A message was posted on the Wikileaks Twitter account, saying: 
"ALERT: Julian Assange has requested political asylum and is under 
the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy in London."

A second read: "We will have more details on the Ecuadorian 
situation soon."

The dramatic move by Assange followed his long-running legal bid 
to halt his extradition to Sweden, where he faces sex crime 
allegations.

The UK Supreme Court decided on May 30 that extradition was lawful 
and could go ahead, but Assange was given time to consider the 
judgment.

The Swedish authorities want him to answer accusations of raping a 
woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm in 
August 2010 while on a visit to give a lecture.

Assange, whose WikiLeaks website has published a mass of leaked 
diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and 
international businesses, says the sex was consensual and the 
allegations against him are politically motivated.

Last week the supreme court reaffirmed its rejection of the 
40-year-old's appeal against his extradition, turning down an 11th 
hour request to reopen the case.

In a brief statement, the court said the application was "without 
merit and it is dismissed."

The supreme court case revolved around the question of whether a 
prosecutor constituted a "judicial authority" as the European 
arrest warrant specifies.

The court found by a majority of five to two against Assange, 
saying that the warrant was valid.

In its statement declining to reopen the case, the court said it 
had agreed unanimously that extradition proceedings should not 
begin for another two weeks.

Assange's marathon legal battle has played out in the glare of 
worldwide publicity and his court appearances have previously 
attracted a range of celebrity supporters and members of the 
public who back him.
Julian Assange seeking asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London

WikiLeaks founder walked into the embassy and asked for asylum 
under the United Nations human rights declaration

     Beatrice Woolf
     guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 19 June 2012 15.10 EDT


He walked into the embassy in London's Knightsbridge district and 
asked for asylum under the United Nations Human Rights Declaration.

A man speaking from the embassy said the whistleblower had arrived 
there today.

Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino also confirmed the 
Australian had taken refuge at its embassy and that the country's 
government was weighing up the request.

A message was posted on the Wikileaks Twitter account, saying: 
"ALERT: Julian Assange has requested political asylum and is under 
the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy in London."

A second read: "We will have more details on the Ecuadorian 
situation soon."

The dramatic move by Assange followed his long-running legal bid 
to halt his extradition to Sweden, where he faces sex crime 
allegations.

The UK Supreme Court decided on May 30 that extradition was lawful 
and could go ahead, but Assange was given time to consider the 
judgment.

The Swedish authorities want him to answer accusations of raping a 
woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm in 
August 2010 while on a visit to give a lecture.

Assange, whose WikiLeaks website has published a mass of leaked 
diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and 
international businesses, says the sex was consensual and the 
allegations against him are politically motivated.

Last week the supreme court reaffirmed its rejection of the 
40-year-old's appeal against his extradition, turning down an 11th 
hour request to reopen the case.

In a brief statement, the court said the application was "without 
merit and it is dismissed."

The supreme court case revolved around the question of whether a 
prosecutor constituted a "judicial authority" as the European 
arrest warrant specifies.

The court found by a majority of five to two against Assange, 
saying that the warrant was valid.

In its statement declining to reopen the case, the court said it 
had agreed unanimously that extradition proceedings should not 
begin for another two weeks.

Assange's marathon legal battle has played out in the glare of 
worldwide publicity and his court appearances have previously 
attracted a range of celebrity supporters and members of the 
public who back him.




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