UK droht Ecuador mit Verhaftung Julian Assanges in der Botschaft

Gestern nacht hat laut dem ecuadorianischen Außenminister Ricardo Patino England damit gedroht, Julian Assange auch innerhalb der Botschaft zu verhaften und die Bude notfalls zu stürmen. Das bricht, neben so unwichtigen Dingen wie dem gesunden Menschenverstand, vor allem mit dem Wiener Übereinkommen über diplomatische Beziehungen und wäre in der Geschichte Englands ein völliges Novum. Good times!

So absurd sich die Situation anhört, die Drohungen Enlands beruhen auf dem „Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the Embassy.“ Demzufolge müsste England der ecuadorianischen Botschaft den Diplomatenstatus aberkennen und die Polizei wäre good to go. Absurd, aber das ist es, worauf sich die englische Regierung beruft, mehr dazu auf Head of Legal: Julian Assange: can the UK withdraw diplomatic status from the Ecuadorian embassy?

Es gibt mehrere Livestreams von Leuten vor der Botschaft, hier, hier noch einer. Hier das Statement von Wikileaks, Snip aus der New York Times:

CARACAS, Venezuela — The government of Ecuador is prepared to allow Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to remain in its embassy in London indefinitely under a type of humanitarian protection, a government official said in Quito on Wednesday night. Mr. Assange has been holed up in the embassy for two months seeking asylum.

Amid an escalating confrontation with Britain over Mr. Assange, Ecuadorean officials said they would announce the decision of the country’s president, Rafael Correa, on Thursday. The official said that the British government had made it clear it would not allow Mr. Assange to leave the country to travel to Ecuador, so even with a grant of asylum or similar protection, he would probably remain stuck in the embassy.

Earlier Wednesday, Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, said that the British authorities had threatened to barge into the country’s embassy in London if officials did not hand over Mr. Assange. “Today we have received from the United Kingdom an explicit threat in writing that they could assault our embassy in London if Ecuador does not hand over Julian Assange,” Mr. Patiño said at a news conference in Quito, adding defiantly, “We are not a British colony.”

Ecuador to Let Assange Stay in Its Embassy, Guardian: Julian Assange can be arrested in embassy, UK warns Ecuador (Bild via Occupy London)