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article imageVideo: 'Not even in the Cold War's darkest days'

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By Anne Sewell     Aug 17, 2012 in World
Washington - The video features an interview with former CIA officer, Ray McGovern. The U.K. government's recent actions with regard to Julian Assange and the sovereignty of the Ecuadorian embassy are discussed.
The government of Ecuador has granted political asylum to Julian Assange. After much discussion and investigation, they agree that should Assange be extradited to Sweden for questioning on alleged sex charges, he would then be sent on to the U.S. and possibly imprisoned, tortured or even executed for espionage.
These "espionage charges" are for the release of secret diplomatic cables, called The Global Intelligence Files, by WikiLeaks, which have highly embarrassed the U.S., and the U.S. government is now out for Assange's blood.
Despite the fact that Assange now has asylum in Ecuador, the British government is saying that it will not grant safe passage for Assange to leave the U.K. and travel to Ecuador. The British foreign office sent a letter to Ecuador saying that they could enter the embassy and take Assange into custody, should the Ecuadorian government grant him asylum.
In the above video, RT interviews former CIA officer, Ray McGovern, who was a federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over a 27 year period, and presented the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of these presidents.
McGovern says that the move by Ecuador to grant Assange political asylum, and the furor that is now surrounding that decision "has shown the true face of the current world order."
An extract from the video reads:
"So what we see here is a playing out of the fact that there is a complete disrespect for international law. The embassy premises of all countries have heretofore been considered sacrosanct. The British Foreign Office is now saying ‘well, we may forcibly enter.’ This was unheard of even during the worst days of the Cold War. If someone sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow or the Soviet Embassy in the United States, despite the friction, despite the enmity between those two countries, international law was always honored. This is unprecedented."
The full transcript of the interview can be read here.
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