Assange ducking extradition with Ecuadorians

posted at 6:31 pm on July 8, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The last time we checked in with Julian Assange he was having yet another bad day in court. The wheels of Justice in London were turning slowly, but they finally rejected his last appeal to prevent his extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. Given a couple of weeks to put his affairs in order, he was scheduled to leave by July 7.

That was yesterday. And yet… he remains, courtesy of the Ecuadorian embassy.

A deadline for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden for questioning in sexual assault allegations came and went Saturday with no apparent movement.

Assange is believed to still be inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been holed up since applying for political asylum on June 19.

The South American country has said it is considering his application…

Assange sought refuge at the embassy five days after the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom dismissed a bid to reopen his appeal of the decision to send him to Sweden — his last option in British courts.

It is unclear when Ecuador will make a decision on Assange’s asylum request.

A lot of what happens next will ride heavily on the twisted web of western hemisphere politics and seemingly unrelated events nearly half a world away. If we were in a nice, cozy relationship with Ecuador, odds are good that President Obama could pick up the phone, toss a few sweeteners into the deal and Assange would be booted out of the embassy tout de suite. Sadly, that’s hardly the case.

Our relations with Ecuador have been going downhill for a while, even more so since President Rafael Correa fell increasingly under the sway of Hugo Chavez. (You may recall that Chavez wasn’t exactly a fan of the last president either.) But things haven’t improved under Obama at all. Sending Hillary Clinton down there in 2010 produced pretty much zero, zilch and nada. (How did that possibly go wrong?)

And just last year our Ambassador to Ecuador was declared persona non grata in the country. Speaking of the tangled web I referenced above, it’s somewhat ironic that the primary reason she was shown the door was the fact that Wikileaks had published a memo of hers where she criticized the administration’s decision to appoint a corrupt police commander. It all seems to come full circle, doesn’t it?

If Ecuador either liked us or feared us enough, we could probably jump in and help the Brits with this Assange extradition situation, but they seem to be neither. That’s not to say that the UK may not still pry Assange out, particularly if helping him doesn’t seem to provide any real benefit to Ecuador, but it looks like the US will be sitting this one out on the sidelines.


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…kidnap him!

KOOLAID2 on July 8, 2012 at 6:33 PM

In the good old days, the CIA would take care of scumbags like Julian Assmange.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

…who cares about Embassies again?

KOOLAID2 on July 8, 2012 at 6:37 PM

With all the fuss over this guy you’d think he furnished cold blooded killers with thousands of guns or something.

VorDaj on July 8, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Julian is all about ‘honesty’ and ‘openness’ and ‘being held responsible’.

Odd, you’d think Julian would want to go to Sweden and clear his good name.

Too bad Julian can’t claim “executive privilege”.

GarandFan on July 8, 2012 at 6:38 PM

In the good old days, the CIA would take care of scumbags like Julian Assmange.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

With Petraaeus head of the CIA now they would be more likely to go after any Koran burners or Motoon drawers.

VorDaj on July 8, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Too bad Julian can’t claim “executive privilege”.

GarandFan on July 8, 2012 at 6:38 PM

That’s only for master criminals.

VorDaj on July 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

If Ecuador either liked us or feared us enough

Heh.

Smart Power is a deft combination of insulting your allies and showing weakness to adversaries.

It’s clearly based on Toby Young’s book How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

CorporatePiggy on July 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Just Rendition his *ss!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Let him go to Ecuador.

That’ll be punishment enough.

Piranhas will find him.

profitsbeard on July 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Why would Ecuador want to hide a sex offender but to stick a finger in the eyes of the US? Unless they are prepared to have him live in the embassy for years, they can’t get him out. What are they going to do? Stuff him in a diplomatic pouch and send him to S.A.?

Blake on July 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Obama still released more national secrets than he did.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Assange strikes me as someone who would enjoy the smell of prison sex…

… why all the drama?

Seven Percent Solution on July 8, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I’m not seeing the problem here. The Brits keep him bottled up in the Ecuadorian embassy; he has to live there, the Ecuadorians are forced to see to his upkeep and the living conditions are probably no better than a Swiss jail.

Seems like win-win.

AZfederalist on July 8, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Assange will forever be a verb or noun to describe a weaselly, pale idiot who is more slimy then Bill Maher.

the new aesthetic on July 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Call the embassy and tell them a 2000 lb. bomb will be dropped on his head if he isn’t ousted in one week’s time. Wether he’s tied up in the middle of nowhere or 100 feet from a nursery.

MelonCollie on July 8, 2012 at 7:53 PM

All thanks to our Obamanation foreign policy.

– and we though W was bad.

KenInIL on July 8, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I still don’t get it. Why extradite him for questioning? Extradition normally means that they have been charged with a crime. Something stinks in all of this.

Snake307 on July 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I still don’t get it. Why extradite him for questioning? Extradition normally means that they have been charged with a crime. Something stinks in all of this.

Snake307 on July 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I think in this instance, ‘questioning’ is being used as a euphemism for ‘hauled off to an undisclosed location and wrung like a dishrag for intel.’

MelonCollie on July 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Extradition normally means that they have been charged with a crime. Something stinks in all of this.

Snake307 on July 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM

He has been charged with a crime: Rape and molestation in Switzerland. Thus the extradition.

AZfederalist on July 8, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Assange has a soft spot in his heart for embassy bombers, doesn’t he? Or is that in his head?

jaime on July 8, 2012 at 8:50 PM

…but it looks like the US will be sitting this one out on the sidelines.

And why not sit this out? We don’t have anything criminal, or even civil, going on against Assange. Until or unless the Brits ask for our help (and why would they) what’s it to us?

ss396 on July 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Best comment ever on the Assman:

He’s not elegant. He’s creepy. And he looks like veal…

Blake on January 1, 2011 at 5:12 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM

The more the secrets of corrupt governments are exposed te better. I have no problem with Any of this.

MoreLiberty on July 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

If Ecuador either liked us or feared us enough, we could probably jump in and help the Brits with this Assange extradition situation

Why would Obama want to help the Brits anyway? He’s poked them in the eye every time he’s had the chance.

Socratease on July 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM

He better be careful…I hear there is a polonium outbreak in Ecuador.

HumpBot Salvation on July 8, 2012 at 9:36 PM

The more the secrets of corrupt governments are exposed te better. I have no problem with Any of this.

MoreLiberty

So you are ok with how wikileaks tried to frame some of our servicemen for murder. Good to know.

Hard Right on July 9, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Crawl, creep, crawl.

Knott Buyinit on July 9, 2012 at 1:13 AM

So an anti-government whistle-blower get hate from all the hardcore conservative at HA.

LOLS.

You people are sheep.

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

It’s rather amazing how someone like Assange is so easily pursued, meanwhile the banking and political criminals who destroyed our financial system still roam free. How’s that LIBOR scandal looking now? That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

FREE ASSANGE.

JAIL THE FRAUDS IN BANKING.

fatlibertarianinokc on July 9, 2012 at 4:06 AM

So an anti-government whistle-blower get hate from all the hardcore conservative at HA.

LOLS.

You people are sheep.

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

What part of he broke the law is difficult to understand?

Not to mention that the crime for which he is being extradited to Sweden for is rape. But you’re right, he should be able to skate on that because he’s (swoon!) such a freedom fighter or something.

Red Cloud on July 9, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Assange is a coward. Make him hide in that embassy and grab him if he ever sets one foot out.

wildcat72 on July 9, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Not to mention that the crime for which he is being extradited to Sweden for is rape. But you’re right, he should be able to skate on that because he’s (swoon!) such a freedom fighter or something.

Red Cloud on July 9, 2012 at 7:09 AM

The left loves themselves some celebrity rapists and child molesters. See Polanski.

wildcat72 on July 9, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Assange is already living in a hell. This coward dies many times a day. And many times a night.

Sherman1864 on July 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Shaw’s animus against Assange is deplorable, but then Jazz loves him some governmental authoritarianism and force.

Dante on July 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

So an anti-government whistle-blower get hate from all the hardcore conservative at HA.

LOLS.

You people are sheep.

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Yep.

Dante on July 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

“If Ecuador either liked us or feared us enough”

Because that’s what we want: people to fear our government.

Dante on July 9, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Smart Power.

BKennedy on July 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

So you are ok with how wikileaks tried to frame some of our servicemen for murder. Good to know.

Hard Right on July 9, 2012 at 12:25 AM

So you are ok with your government killing people and wounding children and telling us they had no idea how it happened?

Dante on July 9, 2012 at 8:52 AM

So you are ok with how wikileaks tried to frame some of our servicemen for murder. Good to know.

Hard Right on July 9, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Seeing as how the two main jobs of the armed forces are to kill people and break things, any attempt to ‘frame them for murder’ is pretty f*cking hilarious.

MelonCollie on July 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

How was it that they got Manuel Noriega out of his hidey hole back in the day again?

Big John on July 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

So you are ok with your government killing people and wounding children and telling us they had no idea how it happened?

Dante on July 9, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Now that you put it that way, it would be interesting to find out what happened at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

Not going to happen though.

No three guesses…

CorporatePiggy on July 9, 2012 at 1:11 PM

“Cowboy his ass.” growls Sheriff Joe…

mojo on July 9, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Seeing as how the two main jobs of the armed forces are to kill people and break things, any attempt to ‘frame them for murder’ is pretty f*cking hilarious.

MelonCollie on July 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

You’re pathetic. Are you still clinging to your government-approved propaganda that the world is different due to 9/11?

Dante on July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The more the secrets of corrupt governments are exposed te better. I have no problem with Any of this.

MoreLiberty on July 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Amen to that, and especially exposing the underbelly (and it is ALL underbelly) of our fascist police state.

woodNfish on July 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

So you are ok with your government killing people and wounding children and telling us they had no idea how it happened?

Dante

What a shock, one of the ronulans doesn’t know what he’s talking about and lies on top of it.
The military explained what happened and how the reporters were in collusion with the terrorists. They explained why they shot. I’ve also seen the wikileaks fraud video and the unedited version. The unedited version along with eyewitness testimony supports our soldiers. It was a deliberate effort by assange and co. to manufactuer an incident that would hurt the WOT, shame America, and get innocent soldiers tossed in prison.

I’d say get a grip, but if you had a grip on reality you wouldn’t be a ronulan.

Hard Right on July 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

What a shock, one of the ronulans doesn’t know what he’s talking about and lies on top of it.
The military explained what happened and how the reporters were in collusion with the terrorists. They explained why they shot. I’ve also seen the wikileaks fraud video and the unedited version. The unedited version along with eyewitness testimony supports our soldiers. It was a deliberate effort by assange and co. to manufactuer an incident that would hurt the WOT, shame America, and get innocent soldiers tossed in prison.

I’d say get a grip, but if you had a grip on reality you wouldn’t be a ronulan.

Hard Right on July 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I didn’t say anything about reporters.

Dante on July 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Welcome MK! In my mind’s eye, I am you when challenging one of my few liberal friends on an issue that should be easy for him to understand. Young, beautiful, long hair, brilliant and articulate. In reality I’m closer to Andrea Mitchell’s age, hairstyle, and about as verbal as she was against John Sununu.
You rock!!

tj4osu on July 11, 2012 at 7:41 AM