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Assange prepared to remain in Ecuadorean embassy in London another five years

Monday, June 17th 2013 - 19:25 UTC
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Ecuador will continue to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum at its London embassy, the foreign minister said on Monday after failing to reach a solution to the case with Britain. Read full article


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  • reality check

    That modest apartment is going to get smaller and smaller as the years go by.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 07:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    5 years??? Stuart Hall has only been sentenced to 15 months!!

    I wonder why Ecuador thought they could negotiate safe passage out of the embassy. It would be interesting to kmow what they thought they could blackmail...err, 'negotiate' with.

    I don't know why the government does not just boot them all out of the country, after all Correa is no friend to the UK anyway. I assume keeping an embassy running in Equador is worth the price of the police watch over here.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 07:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • trenchtoast

    See you in 2018 then Julian, enjoy yourself.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 08:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Let him stew in his own juice, Correa messed up big time. He wanted to appear the big man of South America, well he got his wish. Assange is there problem now, they know how to resolve it. Open the front door and kick his ass out.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 08:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Faz

    Perhaps they could smuggle him out in parts?

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 08:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    No prizes for guessing what the biggest part will be?

    His head!

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    So he'll be effectively in prison for 5 years then will leave, stand trial and then go to real prison. A bit like Ronnie Biggs except I doubt any pop groups will write a song about him nor will he enjoy sunning himself on beaches.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 08:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    “Ricardo Patiño said the Australian was prepared to remain in the embassy for another five years if necessary until a diplomatic solution was found, insisting he had no plans to flee.”

    No shit Sherlock.....what the hell else is he going to say, get him the hell out of my apartment!! We'll see how happy they are as snug as a bug in a bed in a few years from now. The funny thing is, I don’t see the Brits as the type to do an about face. This can be a VERY long self-imposed sentence all to feed his ego. The Sweds may have only asked two questions then say adios amigo. But he made this into a multiyear deal. I hope ASSange loves his host and how much they believe in the freedom of the press. I assume he gets news and read the new control over the media by dictocrat correa.
    Will he be happy in year 5? Year 10? Or even 15?

    ASSange……no women to rape…..I hope you grow hair on your hands and go blind.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 08:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    I can tell you one thing for sure, this guy is the best thing that has happened to the Met Bobbies for years, the overtime is going to pay off many a mortgage and put the kids through Uni!!

    Stay put Julian, don't listen to them, the Met boys and girls love you!

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 08:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @8 Captain Poppy

    Yup both Assange and the Ecuadorians have made a huge miscalculation here.

    As you said, he was wanted for questioning by the Swedish authorities, and there is a good chance that it may never have gone to court. But he now also faces criminal charges in the UK, namely breaching his bail conditions.

    Tut, tut. The British will out wait both Ecuador and Assange because we can be that bloody minded. No only that, but British Law itself doesn't allow for this, and this so called diplomatic asylum isn't recognised as legal in the UK or anywhere outside of South America.

    The Ecuadorians will get fed up of the annoying ego maniac long before the British do.

    And what if 5 years go by and the British still won't let him go? The UK doesn't have a statute of limitations, so whether he comes out in 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, 5 years or 50 years, the result will be the same - namely Assange being arrested.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 08:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Iron Man

    Personally I think if he came out in 50 years we would not extradite him om humanitarian grounds.

    Assuming he comes out before then, the swedes can put him in a lovely cell with Sky, Internet access, conjugal visits and his own mini bar.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 09:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Self imposed exile at Ecuadors expense, no problem having the police parked outside the embassy, perfect excuse to keep an eye on the comings and goings of an enemy state of the UK. Is Alicia Castro still visiting or did she get bored when the the worlds cameras did.
    All yesterdays news now, but he will stay in his hamster ball as long as he chooses to.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 09:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I bet he comes out within 12 months!

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 09:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    If you really think about it Assange is right where the USA and others want him: off active duty.

    Whilst he can shelter in the Embassy there is much he cannot do - much they will not let him do.

    Assange is in what amounts to limbo and can do very little 'harm' where he least in the eyes of many.

    The “case” against him isnt exactly solid and one does wonder why he did a runner - the legal system in the UK will chase him forever as he's breached bail and thumbed his nose at the courts - regardless of whatever governments come and go.

    (that may not mean much to those from banana republics where the legal system is state-owned, but where its fully independent it means a lot: the courts will let many a man thumb their nose at governments, but not at the law itself)

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 09:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    Those poor consulate staffers! Having to put up with a celebrity douche day after day after day after day after day after day after day...

    Once again, if the staffers really wanted to, and had (here's the irony!) whistleblower protection which somehow I doubt they have to the delight of Assange, I bet they would have one heckova hostile work environment suit.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 10:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JuanGabriel

    Ah so the stone will remain in the shoe? Not our stone Ecuador, not our shoe.

    Jun 17th, 2013 - 10:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • britanico

    Cardinal Mindszenty was holed up in the US Embassy in Budapest for 15 years after the Hungarian Uprising because the Communist regime wouldn't guarantee his safe passage out of the country - Five more years in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for Assange may not sound as bad, but it's much more claustrophobic .

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 02:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Sounds like they need to lease larger premises.
    Can they bring pets?

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 05:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    What happens if there is a fire alarm? Plus the Ecuadorians can never move their embassy while he is there.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 06:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @19 Redrow

    Maybe the Ecuadorians will move in the night without telling Assange? :)

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 07:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @20 LOL! I suggested this yesterday when I read the report. If I were running the embassy I would be quietly moving everything out whilst telling Assange we were just decorating. I haven't visited the embassy but by all accounts it is just a few rooms.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 09:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Isn't the Embassy in rented space? Does their lease go that long? Can't the landlord evict them?

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 10:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @22 Most leases on property in London are long. There is also a law protecting tenants which gives them the right to renew. If it is purely rental property it may be very different.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 12:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    @22 yankeeboy
    alas the embassy is sovereign territory and to do that kind of thing undermines the principle of embassies. It is Ecuador's problem to keep him on their territory but this is not a political asylum, he is evading justice, though everyday that goes by is like the sentence being carried out. Assange is the new messiah and the Ecuadorian ambassador and President are supreme twonks.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 12:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    Señores Correa y Patiño - You must surely understand now that in Law precedent rules. No matter your gestures of sympathy towards Assange it is imperative that you respect that Swedish, UK and EU Laws take precedence over your immature gesture of granting asylum to Assange based on Ecuadorean jurisprudence which does not apply outside Latin America.

    There have been assurances from both Sweden and the US that should Assnge have the “huevos” to face his accusers in Sweden he will not be subject to extradition to the US. So - climb off your ridiculous hobbyhorse and insist on his departure from your embassy in London. All he has to do is step out the front door and his existence will change for the better immediately.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 02:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @10 Sorry. There is a statute of limitations for an extradition request. It's ten years. Still, as Ronnie Biggs found out, we Brits never give up.
    @24 Sorry. See here. ”Contrary to popular belief, diplomatic missions do not enjoy full extraterritorial status and are not sovereign territory of the represented state. Rather, the premises of diplomatic missions remain under the jurisdiction of the host state while being afforded special privileges (such as immunity from most local laws) by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.”

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @20. JA: “Uh what's in those boxes?”

    Staffer: “Uh... Nothing.”

    JA: “I uh... noticed that the secretaries picture of her kids aren't on her desk anymore”

    Staffer: “Oh, they're not talking anymore.”

    JA: “Where are all the good lunches you people bring in that I eat?”

    Staffer: “We clean the fridge every once in the Islands.”

    JA: “Gosh I have to go to the bathroom.” (walks in shuts the door.)

    Staffer: (whispers) “OK Let's go guys... but quietly...”

    Other Staffer: “Should we tell the ambassador?”

    Staffer: “Ummmmm..... No. We see how long it takes for him to figure it out.”

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 05:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Justa future thought ..

    Today april 1st 2043-
    Tis was announces that mr Julian Assange
    Who passed on yesterday will be removed today,
    And slabbed up until he is packaged back to his homeland,

    A man who may have got a slap on the wrist, thus decided to stay put in a state of frustration,
    The equatorial government after remembering who he was, stated that he may r.i.p.

    It was Justa thought,
    Nasty mmmm still a thought..


    Jun 18th, 2013 - 07:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I am reflecting on the year or two since Assange was in line for the Time 'Man of the year'. What has changed to cause the sea-change in public attitude to his situation?

    At that time it was the consensus belief that the Swedish accusations were a 'put up job' to get him to a country where extradition to the USA was easy. Then he broke English bail and fled to the embassy, believing that England would pass him to Sweden, etc, etc.

    This site's comments (above) have lost the substantive plot - Wikileaks - and focus entirely on the bail-break/personality.
    The information-thief Bradley Manning might be a better focus of attention, rather than the publisher. I am a Manning 'Spartacus' because I like to know what is being said and done 'in my name'.
    I have been able to take appropriate action in the knowledge of the realities of the 'facts'.
    There should be a better way; there is not.

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @26 Conquerer

    There may be a shelf life on an extradition request, but there isn't on the fact that Julian Assange broke British law by evading his bail conditions. So even if he steps out of the embassy after 10 years he will still be arrested.

    Besides Sweden can always renew it's extradition request whenever they want.

    My guess it won't be even 10 years before people are saying “Julian who?”

    Jun 18th, 2013 - 08:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Patino reports to Correa.

    “bloody British, refuse to talk unless Assange is at the table.”

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 09:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @29 You already know my opinion about knowing everything. Diplomacy could not work under those conditions and many lives/sensitive situations have been saved/resolved quietly because the deals remain secret. I have no doubt this is abused at times but given the choice, and from personal knowledge, there has to be privacy for it to work.

    An example we all recognise here. The Maduro waving his balls to his people is not the Maduro doing deals in Washington D C. But he has to maintain his image to remain in power in Venezuela.

    As for Assange, he is the famewhore who has made it all about him. If he had remained behind the Wikileaks cover he probably would have maintained his following. However by exposing himself, basking in the glory, and eventually because of his personality, he pissed off most of his supporters and friends, he has lost a lot of bandwagon support.

    He had no valid reason to jump bail causing his (ex) friends to lose a lot of money. He played his hand wrong. If he had nothing to hide and no case to answer to he would have been perfectly safe going to Sweden to answer a few questions. Instead he chose the 'persecuted hero' and has failed miserably.

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 09:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    All great points, Elaine #32.

    I re-read 1984 and Brave New World recently to see if they resonated with the old man differently than to the young man that first read them.

    Now, as an old man in 2013, I fear even more the world of control and the increasing distances between the lives of the controllers and the controlled.

    There should be a better way .. and meanwhile I first get up out of my chair, open the window, stick my head out, and yell, and say it: “I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

    No, for so many things that now happen, I shout out “Not in my name”.

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @33 Yeah, I used to say, 'The more I know, the more I realise how much I don't know“. Now I say, ”The more I know, the more I realise how much I don't want to know”.

    Ultimately we live in a very complicated world. The US, as the world's only super power, has a responsibility way beyond other countries. They have to show muscle sometimes in order for there to be a semblance of peace elsewhere. Power comes from knowledge. The UK, by dint of the fact that it does hold a position of influence, often has to be a part of world policing. It is like the grown-up having to monitor the kids when most times they would rather be getting on with their own lives and taking care of their own needs.

    When I question actions like the Iraq War I find it so hard to justify that it was anything but an ego trip for GWB and TB. One million people marched against it in the UK but it was already too late to stop it. The wheels were in motion years before. But I take comfort in the fact that one million people DID stand up and object and I have no doubt that it changed future decisions. I still believe in the will of the people. We outnumber the few in charge and if they step too far out of line we can stop them.

    Keep yelling out of the window. The is nothing worse that apathy.

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 01:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    we declare more attitudes in common than the other thing.
    But I question your 'glaring' assertion that “power comes from knowledge.”

    Surely it comes from the barrel of the gun, supported, inevitably, by the voting excess of the great unwashed.

    (... this is just to catch Think's attention once more;
    he is 'strangely quiet' ;-)

    Jun 20th, 2013 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    LOL! I guess.

    They are all strangely quiet. I don't actually believe any of them are paid to write here - although La Campora does monitor the internet. They would be foolish not to considering the power of social networks in rallying the people to bring down governments. But that is never going to happen from a site like this so it would be a waste to spend time here.

    Jun 20th, 2013 - 12:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    They are all strangely quiet, then then of all those trolls, perhaps there is actually only two or I assume they are all overwhelmed and dejected, demoralized are starting to smell the shit piles being tossed around by kirchner.

    Jun 20th, 2013 - 03:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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