One view today on the matter:
Given that Ecuador’s granting J asylum was a given after the ‘threat’: might the ‘threat’ not be deliberate in order to get Cameron et all off the hook with the ‘cousins’ across the Atlantic ?
BTW have u noticed how spectacularly the cousins are failing down in NZ ? http://torrentfreak.com/kim-dotcom-must-be-allowed-to-see-fbi-evidence-against-him-court-rules-120816
The NZ courts are being downright irrational, asking for proof of any crime …
Yes, the NZ slo-mo train crash is wonderful to behold. Rather underlines how police forces around the world are becoming ever more po-mo and military wing of the ruling party, and sliding into utter incompetence at the same time.
I doubt that the ‘Man on the Clapham Omnibus ‘ gives a damn whether Assange is extradited or not, but he would really be pissed at the waste of taxpayers money. In international treaty terms the threat to revoke the embassies status is mind-bogglingly idiotic.
And at Techdirt [H/T haiku]:
No matter what you think of Assange (and, personally, I don’t think too highly of his methods or his grandstanding), it’s a massive stretch to think that he should even be subject to an Espionage Act claim. However, as we’ve detailed multiple times, the Obama administration has turned the Espionage Act from a law against spying into a law against whistleblowers who embarrass them.
He rightly says:
Yes, others will claim that the US was never the beacon of human rights it set itself out to be. There are numerous examples of where the US has failed to live up to its own stated standards.
Yes that’s so – you can start with Colonel House, the Fed and MK ultra and work forwards and backwards from there. The people at the top [CFR/TLC – that kind] have always been animals for whom the rules do not apply in their eyes. Abu Ghraib.
Assange is dead meat – he must know that. Those bstds will never stop because once the principle of whistleblowers getting away with it is established, then people might “lose respect” for their betters. That they’d quote some act: the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987 as justification to strongarm into someone’s embassy is not a nice precedent, as many are probably noting today.