Julian Assange - the visitor who outstayed his welcome
February 4, 2016 1:28am CST
News this morning that Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, is maybe, perhaps, might possibly surrender himself to the Swedish authorities who have asked for him to be sent over to face rape charges. If the UN don't support his claim that he's being 'arbitrarily detained' when the UN's working group reports back on Friday, Assange says he's had enough. I can imagine the Ecuadorian Embassy staff must be getting quite excited as the prospect of getting rid of him. It's one thing telling a chap he can stop over for a few days whilst he's got a 'bit of a problem' and a totally different one when he stays for more than three and a half years. I hope he's been pulling his weight, doing a bit of housework, helping them with their IT security perhaps. Assange went in looking like an extra from a teen vampire/werewolf movie and it's hard to believe he's seen much sunshine since June 2012. I wonder if he's learned Spanish and done his share of cooking and kept his room tidy? I feel terrible for the Ecuadorians. Most people knew very little about Ecuador before Assange went in and most know little more in the time he's been there. Quite why he chose that country's embassy is a mystery to me. Since Ecuador 'owns' the Galapagos, I wonder if Mr Assange has started to exhibit evidence of Darwinian evolution? Since Darwin wrote about rapid evolution in so-called 'peripheral isolates' - small isolated communities that didn't interact with the general population - perhaps Mr Assange will have developed to live in a small place with limited sunlight, like one of Darwin's finches or a Galapagos Iguana. As a UK tax payer, I resent the ridiculous money spent on having the police hovering by the embassy waiting to catch Assange if he tried to escape in a laundry basket almost as much as many years ago I resented the cost of protecting Salman Rushdie from the Ayatollah's fatwa. I'm sure the Ecuadorian tax payers will be relieved to not be paying bed and board for an alleged rapist. Time to come out and face the music Julian. Don't forget to send your hosts a nice bottle of wine and a big bunch of flowers and a polite 'Thank you for having me' card.
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• San Diego, California
5 Feb 16
Sadly I suspect the US will get their hands on him in an unjust manner no matter what happens. I do understand his situation. None of us know whether he is guilty of the Swedish charges. Certainly some of them have been dropped. He has always said that he would face and defend them without issue if there were robust guarantees ofnbot being extradited to the US.