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Ecuadorean president visits UK; speculation about a deal on Julian Assange's future

Wednesday, July 25th 2018 - 05:20 UTC
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Ecuador has said its president will not discuss the future of Julian Assange during a visit to the UK. Lenin Moreno was scheduled to speak in London and later travel to Scotland to the University of Edinburgh. He will also address businessmen interested in investing in Ecuador. Read full article

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  • LEPRecon

    Yes Ecuador has paid a high price for this idiot, and what did Ecuador get out of it? Nothing at all.

    The only way to end this is to kick Assange out of the embassy and hand him over to UK authorities for him to face justice for jumping his bail. If Sweden wants to then talk extradition so be it.

    As for the US, there has NEVER been any evidence that the US wanted to extradite him from anywhere, let alone Sweden (which doesn't have an agreement on extradition with the US), and his excuses were obvious. But surely Assange still doesn't believe that the US wants to extradite him, does he? After all his bestest 'bud', Donald Trump, who he (Assange) helped get elected into the White House (after helping the Russians hack the Democratic campaign) is President now. Surely Trump wouldn't want him extradited?

    Jul 26th, 2018 - 04:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Would be funny though if he did surrender himself, then the Yanks whack in an extradition request just as Sweden drop theirs as it has expired.

    They would probably agree to drop the death penalty but not tell him, just let him escape and leave him locked up in another Embassy somewhere for another 10 years or so, before a trial and conviction giving him a 30 year sentence.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke.

    Jul 26th, 2018 - 01:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    I'm sure the US gov't WANT to extradite him, (and lock him up and throw away the key), but it's not obvious he's broken any of their laws. They already had over a year to charge him with something, while he was on bail in the UK, and they didn't... who knows if they've come up with something since then? I think he's quite right not to trust in Trump's gratitude, though.

    @Pugol-H
    While I don't feel remotely sorry for those two terrorists, I suspect the UK gov't not sticking to their principles over the death penalty may come back to haunt them later.

    Jul 26th, 2018 - 02:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    I agree, however I’m not sure the UK gov can ask for the death penalty to be off the table.

    AFAIK they are no longer UK Citizen/Passportholders and are being extradited from somewhere in the Middle East to the US.

    UK may not be involved or have any say over the process.

    Jul 26th, 2018 - 03:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    AFAIK there is a policy barring intelligence sharing or extradition if the death penalty may be used, and although the second may not be applicable to this case, the first one definitely is. Besides, they may not be able to insist but they can certainly ask.

    MPs are not happy that they were not consulted over this.

    Jul 26th, 2018 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Unauthorized disclosure of classified information to unauthorized personnel is a US crime.

    Jul 28th, 2018 - 05:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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