Friday, August 17, 2012

The Assange stupidity

If you've been watching the news or reading the papers you are probably aware of the furore concerning Julian Assange and the, now extended, Ecuadorian political asylum. If you've been watching RT you definitely know about it because that's pretty much all they've been covering (I'm sure it has nothing to do with the show he hosted/s for them).

I covered my thoughts regarding 'international' law and the consequences in this instance almost two years ago and nothing's* changed since then. Well almost nothing; we now get a clumsy 'reminder' of diplomatic law from the UK that, if it wasn't already, I'm sure made up the mind of the Ecuadorian government.

However let's get back to the crux of the matter - the request to respond to allegations from Sweden. Why wouldn't Assange want to answer these?

Those fighting with him treat it as a huge conspiracy to get him into the USA to face charges; however look at the current UK-US extradition treaties and how biased they are towards handing over 'criminals' to the US. There's a larger chance of him being extradited from the UK than there would be from Sweden. Logically if this were the factor he'd be on a plane as soon as this hit to anywhere but the UK.

So I have to turn to option 2 - he has something to hide. If that's the case he's using the current underlying anti-US military trend to evade justice. He's playing off countries against the US (and in part the UK) to not visit Sweden under what appears to be a simple request for questioning regarding sexual actions on his part.

*never noticed that Firefox's UK dictionary doesn't have "nothing's" in it as a contraction of "nothing has" or "nothing is". In typing this also "Firefox's" as in the possessive of Firefox is also not present... wait "Firefox" isn't in Firefox's dictionary either. Heh!