A hero, a traitor, or a sex criminal – he may be all of them
Did he betray his country? Not really, he is a citizen of Australia. Did he betray the United States? Perhaps yes if he was a US citizen - which he was not. Is he a sex criminal?
Did he betray his country? Not really, he is a citizen of Australia. Did he betray the United States? Perhaps yes if he was a US citizen – which he was not. Is he a sex criminal? The Swedish government thinks so. Or is he a hero? Millions think so. Almost everyone in the world agrees on one fact. He is an embarrassment to the most powerful government in the world.
It appears Sweden, with pressure from the United States, is not really interested in the truth of this legal case. The issue is to get the defendant away from Ecuadorian protection and out of Britain to Sweden, so he would be sent to the United States and face criminal charges for the largest whistleblower case in modern history.
The land of the free was forced to its knees because of one men who was determined to disclose a hurtful truth to the world.
This man, some call him a hero, has been living under the protection of the Ecuador government in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for a very long time.
Now the Government of Ecuador again ratified a declaration on Friday granted diplomatic asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, who faces an arrest warrant by the justice of Sweden for alleged sex crimes.
“True to its long tradition of defending human rights , particularly those of victims of political persecution, Ecuador reaffirms its commitment to protect life and liberty of the citizen Julian Assange ,” said an official of the Foreign Ministry
In addition , the Ecuadorian government ” reiterates its offer to judicial cooperation to the Kingdom of Sweden to reach an early solution to the case ” .
The official text recalls that ” Ecuador maintains its invitation to Swedish officials visit their embassy in London so that statement is taken to Julian Assange or electronic means used to do .”
A Swedish appeal court has upheld an arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, wanted for questioning over sexual assault claims.
The Court of Appeal refused Mr Assange’s attempt to have a detention order issued in 2010 revoked.
Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, has sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition.
If he goes to Sweden, he fears he could be extradited to the US to face charges of leaking government documents.
Wikileaks has published thousands of secret documents, which have caused intense embarrassment for the US and lifted the lid on diplomatic relations.
Two women in Sweden accuse Mr Assange, 43, of sexual assault.
Thursday’s decision at the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm ruled on an appeal against a similar decision by a lower court.
Mr Assange’s lawyers argued that the arrest warrant should be repealed because it could not be enforced while he was in the Ecuadorean embassy.