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UK Foreign Office: Assange will be refused safe passage

UK Foreign Office: Assange will be refused safe passage

August 16, 2012 - The UK will do everything in its power to block Assange’s passage to Ecuador even if he is granted asylum by the nation’s government, officials said, claiming a legal obligation to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to Sweden.

UK authorities sparked a scandal when they announced they were prepared to raid the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to apprehend Assange, effectively revoking the embassy’s diplomatic immunity.

In response, the Ecuadorian National Assembly President Fernando Cordero called an emergency meeting to assess "unusual and arrogant threat to pave our embassy in London."

"Giving asylum doesn't fundamentally change anything," said a spokesperson from the UK Foreign Office.

"We must be absolutely clear this means that should we receive a request for safe passage for Mr Assange, after granting asylum, this would be refused."

The Ecuadorian foreign minister said that such an act would be interpreted as “hostile and intolerable,” and an attack on Ecuador’s sovereignty that would provoke a dramatic diplomatic response.

"We want to be very clear, we're not a British colony. The colonial times are over," Ecuadorian minister Ricardo Patino said following a meeting with President Rafael Correa.

Not-so-great Britain is trying to squash someone who had the guts, God forbid, to tell the truth. Are they going to insist, at any price, that he face trumped up charges which miraculously appeared shortly after he embarrassed their state department with, once again, the truth? You bet they are. Go Britain. Set justice on "puree!"

Sources and more information:

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( via rt.com )


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