Monday, 20 August 2012

Julian Assenger . UK government make a mess of it.

It says something about the UK's coalition government,that it has managed to give Julian Assanger a boost after public opinion turned against him when he was was recently granted political asylum by the government of Ecuador, after e he  has been held up in the country’s embassy in London since June 19, 2012.

Assange has been fighting against extradition to Sweden where Swedish authorities want to question him for alleged sexual misconduct against two women .Which are the sort of accusations that would shock his liberal minded supporters 

Assange and his lawyer have accused Swedish authorities of secretly plotting to extradite him to the U.S.

Opinion was divided that Assanger had a case to answer and on the truth over the claim that Sweden was involved in a plot against him.

However when he skipped bail and  fled to the embassy it did look like he was trying to evade justice.

But then it appears the UK government threatened to subvert International Law and storm the Ecuadorian embassy and give a boost to Assanger's claim that there was a US plot to extradite him to the states and the UK and Swedish governments were complacent in this.

US Secretary of State   Hilary Clinton who has made it clear that despite her support for dissidents in other countries seems to believe  it does not apply to those opposed to US policy. 

Whilst claiming to stand up for freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly amid criticism from Assange and others. during a November 2011 interview  she said 

“So I think you have to be both protective of the openness of the internet but recognise that just
“But when an organisation “ and you mentioned WikiLeaks “ when an organisation steals information, which is what happened, that is “ just because they put it on an internet doesn’t make it any more right than if they had passed it out on a street corner,” said Clinton in the November 2011 interview.

She seems to be arguing that there is one rule for the US and sometimes her allies and another for the rest of the world .

It does seem that Assanger has been accused of crimes that most would feel repellent though  theu are only accusations .

What is strange is that Sweden had not issued a cast iron guarantee  that Assanger would not be deported to the US regardless of the charges.

If Assanger has a case to answer then he should go to Sweden to face them; But the behaviour of the all three governments UK, US and Sweden has strengthened the conspiracy theory,

It would seem simple for the UK government to wash their hands of this affair and allow Assanger  to leave for Ecuador but the UK has stated that it will not grant Assange safe passage out of the country.

Which gives the impression the US may be pulling the strings.and whatever the result Assanger is going to appear the victim of a conspiracy whether he is or not,.

1 comment:

maen_tramgwydd said...

Tariq Ali succinctly described the UK as a 'vassal state'.

The State Department says jump (or we cut you off at the testicles) and Downing Street asks, 'How high'?