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Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Slyr0x: 1:16pm On Aug 16, 2012
Britain faces a diplomatic row with Ecuador over Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder who has claimed asylum in the Latin American country's London embassy to avoid arrest over sex attack allegations.


Why is Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran Embassy?

Julian Assange sought refuge at Ecuador's Embassy in June, after losing an appeal against his extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. He claimed political asylum saying he feared being prosecuted in the United States over his Wikileaks website.

Does that mean Ecuador will allow him to move there?

Ecuador's government is expected to decide today whether to accept his application for political asylum. There have been reports that Quito would like to grant him asylum but is uncertain how to get him out of Britain, amid fears he could be arrested by the UK police once he steps outside the Embassy to go to the airport.

Why would Assange be safe from arrest inside the Embassy if he can be detained outside it?

Under the terms of the 1961 United Nations Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, embassies remain under the jurisdiction of the nation they represent, meaning that the British police have no authority within Ecuador's embassy. The Convention is the cornerstone of international relations, and has been signed by more than 200 countries. Outside of the Embassy, Assange remains a wanted man in the UK. He has skipped bail and the British Government points out that it also has obligations under international law to abide by a European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden for his extradition.

So are Britain's hands tied?

The Foreign Office claims not. Ecuador has revealed that British officials threatened to use the little-known Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987 to revoke the diplomatic status of the Embassy, thus allowing the police to enter and arrest Assange.

What does the Act allow?

The Act was passed in the wake of a government review of the law around diplomatic premises following the 11-day Libyan Embassy Siege of 1984. In that case, a gun man who killed WPC Yvonne Fletcher was able to evade prosecution, using diplomatic immunity to avoid arrest by staying in the Libyan Embassy before fleeing the country. The Act says that the Government can revoke the diplomatic status of a building, meaning that British law would apply there.

So can Britain use the Act to enter Ecuador's embassy?

That's unclear. Some experts have suggested that the Government would be in breach of the Vienna Convention if it attempted to use the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act to revoke the Embassy's diplomatic status. They further point out that the Act appears to be designed to stop an embassy using its premises for acts which would be in breach of international law, such as terrorism. In Ecuador's case, there is no suggestion that granting political asylum to Assange would be in breach of international law. Foreign Office lawyers will no doubt be examining both pieces of legislation in detail today. But a more practical objection to the use of the Act to arrest Assange is likely to be fears that the unilateral revocation of the Ecuador embassy's diplomatic status could create an unwelcome precedent.

British diplomats around the world would be at risk if other nations decide to retaliate by removing the diplomatic status of our embassies.

So does that mean Assange is safe?

For the moment, probably. But there is still the problem of how Ecuador would get him out of the country even if it did decide to grant him political asylum. There is no requirement for Britain to grant him "safe passage" out of the country, and Ecuador would be unable to stop the British police arresting him elsewhere on the streets of London.

Is there anywhere else that Assange is safe from arrest?

Diplomatic immunity applies within an embassy's means of transportation, meaning Assange could be transported to the airport safely by an official Ecuadoran car. But British police could intervene legally if he steps foot on the pavement to get from the Embassy to the car, or walks from the car through the airport to a plane. There have even been suggestions that Assange could be transported over these short distances using a diplomatic bag, which are also safe from interference by a home nation.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/9479711/QandA-Julian-Assange-Ecuadorean-embassy-dispute.html

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Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Legalplayerz: 2:02pm On Aug 16, 2012
They can never arrest him in the embassy.... NEVER. But may b outside.

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Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by ismhab(m): 2:02pm On Aug 16, 2012
THEY CAN DO IT, THEY ARE ROGUE.
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Legalplayerz: 2:04pm On Aug 16, 2012
By Law ,they can't. It will be an illegal arrest. And am sure they don't want to do it that way.
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Nobody: 2:09pm On Aug 16, 2012
They shouldn't try it cause they won't like the outcome. They know better
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Delafruita(m): 2:14pm On Aug 16, 2012
ecuador has already granted him assylum.remains to be seen how he will be moved to quito and i suspect thats the opportunity scotland yard will be waiting for.as for invading the embassy,thats illegal and i doubt they'd try that
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by gunuvi(m): 2:17pm On Aug 16, 2012
There are ways he can leave uk without being arrested. He should seek for oga Alams help, he is a guru in the field. Meanwhile, he should act fast because James bond in one of his movies broke all diplomatic rules, broke into an African embassy (not Nigeria) threw a bomb, killed security and was never prosecuted for the crime throughout the film. So if he don't act fast and seek for Oga Alams strategy and help soon....Abo oro la n so fun Assangeluwabi to ba denu e a di odin din.

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Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Nobody: 2:32pm On Aug 16, 2012
Very educating thread...i just learnt wat political asylum was nd other diplomatic stuffs

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Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Widow(m): 2:32pm On Aug 16, 2012
Helicopter from embassy grounds to ..
No! no not tarmac!

Em what do they call that thingy that soldiers do?
sliding down a rope? angry
Ok, from the copter, down the rope, to the gangway (that's what they call the staircase abi?

Bye bye Assange baby grin

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Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by chelseabmw(m): 2:33pm On Aug 16, 2012
gunuvi: There are ways he can leave uk without being arrested. He should seek for oga Alams help, he is a guru in the field. Meanwhile, he should act fast because James bond in one of his movies broke all diplomatic rules, broke into an African embassy (not Nigeria) threw a bomb, killed security and was never prosecuted for the crime throughout the film. So if he don't act fast and seek for Oga Alams strategy and help soon....Abo oro la n so fun Assangeluwabi to ba denu e a di odin din.

Have watched that movie....u r absolutely on point
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Nobody: 2:34pm On Aug 16, 2012
THEY ACTUALLY CAN ARREST HIM INSIDE THE EMBASSY.
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Nobody: 2:37pm On Aug 16, 2012
THERE IS AN ACT THAT PERMITS THEM TO ARREST HIM INSIDE THE EMBASSY
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by postemail: 2:41pm On Aug 16, 2012
Ecuador grants Assange asylum!!!! Uk is just America's lapdog. They will go to any length to please America. Probably their intels told them it was a "yes" for the asylum request, and that was the reason the get off barking like a dog. But think of it, it's none of their business. Technically, Assange is in Ecuador. And UK should be glad they have passed on the Assange palaver to another country. Why should they still be bothered?
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by nairamanforever: 2:43pm On Aug 16, 2012
Does anyone really think that its because of sexxual harassment that they're after the guy?
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Nobody: 2:45pm On Aug 16, 2012
POLITICS AND ASS KISSING
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by mystikal(m): 2:46pm On Aug 16, 2012
has actually protecting women ever been an issue in this entire assange affair?
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by postemail: 2:48pm On Aug 16, 2012
Sweden was given to opportunity to meet Assange at the ecuadorian embassy to interrogate Assange regarding the rape charges from former wikileaks employees, but they turned down the request.
They want to crucify Assange for leaking their secrets. Think of watergate.... Nobody was crucified for that! It was politically convenient to use the scandal to get rid Of Nixon.
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by sniperwolf(m): 2:51pm On Aug 16, 2012
What was WikiLeaks' founder's crime? I'm still trying to understand while the Brits want to arrest him
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Nobody: 2:54pm On Aug 16, 2012
sniperwolf: What was WikiLeaks' founder's crime? I'm still trying to understand while the Brits want to arrest him
COS THEY ARE MOFO'S
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by iykak47: 2:55pm On Aug 16, 2012
Uk won't arrest Assange inside Ecudorean embassy but despite that he has been granted asylum by Ecuador i believe the Uk police would be waiting outside the premises 24 hours to get him arrested when he steps out and extradite him to sweden, from there to US to answer why he opened his mouth too wide, this is just a dirty politics, the voice of Jacob, hand of Esau.
If Assange had serious rape case in Sweden, why did they allow him to go in the first place?
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by norrisman: 2:57pm On Aug 16, 2012
nairamanforever: Does anyone really think that its because of sexxual harassment that they're after the guy?

Abi o.

The thing is the man hasnt even been charged with rape. How can you be accused of raping someone you turned up at an event with hand in hand a day after the alleged rape?

Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning relating to the allegations. Assange and then later the Ecuadorians asked for a gurantee from Sweden that he (Assange) will not be sent to a 3rd country (US) if he goes to Sweden. The Swedish government failed to give any gurantees. Why cant the Swedish authorities send their prosecutors to the UK to question Assange? It seems they are more interested in serving the interest of their master (US) than seeking justice for their citizens who allege crimes have been committed.
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Yorisb: 2:58pm On Aug 16, 2012
al-qaeda:
POLITICS AND ASS KISSING

Very correct. They are trying very hard to protect US interest(s)..... Shoir!
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Nobody: 3:03pm On Aug 16, 2012
AMERICAN MEDDLING IS THREE MUCH.
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Chanchit: 3:10pm On Aug 16, 2012
Oyinbo don crace finish, so diplomatic bag dey...
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Omexonomy: 3:11pm On Aug 16, 2012
The guy had step on many big toes in the past i.e publishing and selling lies about many innocent people.
All of you peddling lies on nairaland including the ower of the forum should be ready to run to the embassy of OGONI REPUBLIIC when the time comes. SARAH REPOTERS get ready for ur turn.

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Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by norrisman: 3:15pm On Aug 16, 2012
Omexonomy: The guy had step on many big toes in the past i.e publishing and selling lies about many innocent people.

Do you have a brain or u r just slow? Which innocent people?

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Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Okijajuju1(m): 3:18pm On Aug 16, 2012
Simple, Grant him Political asylum, Give him instant Ecuadorian Citizenship, Grant him Diplomatic status and give him a bus pass and a ticket to Ecuador.. He will walk right past the British Popo and they wont touch him


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Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Bawss1(m): 3:18pm On Aug 16, 2012
Ecuador has granted asylum to Julian Assange. The UK threat of arrest can no longer apply.
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Omexonomy: 3:25pm On Aug 16, 2012
norrisman:

Do you have a brain or u r just slow? Which innocent people?
HOW OLD ARE YOU
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by Omexonomy: 3:25pm On Aug 16, 2012
norrisman:

Do you have a brain or u r just slow? Which innocent people?
HOW OLD ARE YOU or are you a slow?
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by LagosBoi2(m): 3:30pm On Aug 16, 2012
Omexonomy: The guy had step on many big toes in the past i.e publishing and selling lies about many innocent people.
All of you peddling lies on nairaland including the ower of the forum should be ready to run to the embassy of OGONI REPUBLIIC when the time comes. SARAH REPOTERS get ready for ur turn.

norrisman:

Do you have a brain or u r just slow? Which innocent people?

Why ask the question when you already have the answer? He is a typical dummy, He is off topic.
Re: Julian Assange:UK 'threat' To Arrest Wikileaks Founder Inside Ecuadorean Embassy by LagosBoi2(m): 3:37pm On Aug 16, 2012
Omexonomy:
HOW OLD ARE YOU or are you a slow?

You should ask questions and let people who understand the scope lecture you, He is been hunted for publishing American Secrete documents showing videos of extrajudicial killings in foreign countries. He only published government documents called classified documents they don't expect people to see. What he has risked his life for is simply for the sake of Humanity.

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