The Guardian is reporting that Julian Assange’s three and a half years holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London constitutes “arbitrary detention”. The official report is to be released tomorrow though the British and Swedish governments were informed two weeks ago. Assange’s lawyers are already calling for him to be allowed to leave the embassy without the threat of extradition to the US hanging over him.
Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, said if the working group found in his favour, “there is only one solution for Marianne Ny [the Swedish prosecutor seeking Assange’s extradition], and that is to immediately release him and drop the case”. Samuelson added: “If he is regarded as detained, that means he has served his time, so I see no other option for Sweden but to close the case.”
Assange’s lawyers also demanded assurances from the UK that he would not be arrested and subjected to potential extradition to face potential prosecution over WikiLeaks’ publishing activities.
In a statement issued by WikiLeaks on Twitter, Assange said he would voluntarily walk out of the embassy on Friday and accept arrest “as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal”.
“However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.”
Neither Sweden nor the UK will be compelled to take any action, but a source familiar with the working group said that if the governments choose to ignore the decision, it could make it difficult for them in future to bring pressure on other countries over human rights violations.
The big problem is the US. They have never forgiven Assange, Wikileaks, and Chelsea Manning for exposing their abuses and the cold-blooded way they murdered civilians in Iraq and then lied about it. That video Collateral Murder of the murders that took place in 2007 is as sickening to see now as it was when it was first released in 2010.
The Obama administration has shown itself to be as ruthless and vindictive as Bush and Cheney when it comes to maintaining secrecy about its abuses. This detailed report of two events (thanks to reader Marcus) shows how the US government and its allies still exonerates itself from charges of murdering civilians by conducting phony ‘investigations’