This has caused a stalemate situation for all parties involved - Britain, Sweden, Ecuador and Assange. If Britain vetoes Sweden's demand for extradition and grants him safe passage, it will dent diplomatic relations with Sweden. On the other hand Britain has already damaged these relations with Ecuador by refusing safe passage.
The latest news developments in the Julian Assange story at Ecuador's embassy in central London are depicted in the still pictures taken Friday (Aug. 17) afternoon in front of the embassy in Chelsea.
Two key factors continue to puzzle. Why hasn't the United States, which was most affected by these cables, denied that they would want to prosecute Assange?
Secondly, why hasn't Australia stepped in to protect the rights of its estranged citizen who has thrown so much light on corruption and bad practices across the globe?
It is evident that Britain does not want to act hastily, but it has become obvious that it is not pleased to harbor Assange on its soil.
Some alternatives need to be explored. Britain has to realize that, the cases filed against Assange were initially dropped but later revived, possibly motivated by politics.
A technical alternative too needs to be looked into. In the modern world where technology plays a pivotal role in everything, can Assange stand trial in Sweden, appearing via video from the Ecuadorian embassy?
While Britain explores its options, Assange sits cramped, under house arrest. This by itself is a violation of human rights.
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