Britain threatens Ecuador over WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange
The David Cameron government has indicated that it won't respect Ecuadorean sovereignty over its embassy in London, according to a Reuters report.
The Foreign Office has claimed that under British law, it can enter the Ecuadorean embassy on a week's notice. It reminds me of B.C. tenancy law, where the landlord can enter a person's suite on 24 hours' notice.
The problem is that WikiLeaks cofounder Julian Assange, an Australian, has taken refuge in the embassy.
And if Britain storms the building, he could be extradited to Sweden on sex charges, which his supporters say are bogus.
And once Assange is in Sweden, the Americans may try to haul his ass across the Atlantic Ocean for spilling diplomatic cables that embarrassed the Obama administration.
The U.S. has already issued a sealed indictment against Assange, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, and he could spend a very long time in jail.
Ecuador's foreign minister is talking tough, claiming that an unauthorized British incursion on its London embassy would violate international law.
Assange, of course, poses a danger to nobody.
But Cameron, like many Conservative politicians, is a twit, which is why his government is prepared to flout Article 22 of the Vienna Convention to please his friends in Washington.
Perhaps a global boycott of BP gas stations might get Cameron's attention.
The Australian government says it has limited legal authority.
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