While Assange has taken refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy
in London, United Kingdom, the police are apparently ready to arrest him for breaching his bail conditions.
Assange was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service's Extradition Unit on December 7, 2010, on a Swedish arrest warrant. Sweden wants him in connection with allegations of rape and sexual molestation.
He has denied all allegations and says that extradition to Sweden could, in reality, mean jail in the United States, where he is wanted for exposing up to 250,000 State Department secret cables.
As he should be at his bail address between the hours of 10 pm and 8 am, UK police say that this is a breach of his bail conditions
and he is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act.
at the Ecuador Embassy in Hans Crescent, London, and Scotland Yard are aware of his whereabouts. While Assange is inside the embassy, he is beyond the reach of police. However, should he step outside, he can immediately be arrested.
Assange is hoping that the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa (interviewed recently
by Assange), will grant him political asylum, as he has received previous messages of support from Correa. Ecuadorian officials are apparently holding close consultations with the British authorities.
interviewed Jesselyn Radack
, the national security and human rights director for the Government Accountability Project.
Radack said, “What’s interesting to me is that under the U.S. standards for granting asylum, Assange would meet them. He has a valid fear of persecution for his political opinions, and a real fear that the government to which he would be extradited would not be able to [protect him] itself, or prevent a third party government from interfering and persecuting him.”
“The United States has launched a worldwide manhunt against him. I think he correctly views this as a likely pretextual attempt to get him into Sweden which has a horrible history of caving to the United States and extraditing people, including those seeking political asylum. Ecuador is actually obligated to [grant him asylum] because it is a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Radack concluded.
In related news, RT
had an exclusive interview with Christine Assange, mother of Julian, who speaks in more detail about the Swedish court and their charges against her son, in the video below. She calls the Australian government "a puppet of the U.S." that aided and abetted the persecution of her son.