Wiki-leaks founder Julian Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, UK. Wanted for alleged sex crimes in Sweden Assange maintains that the charges are simply an excuse to get him out of the UK. Once in Sweden Julian fears he will be shipped to the US to face whatever. The US wants Assange in regard to Wiki-leaks. The US authorities claim that he made the cables public breaking the law, whilst others praise him for at least allowing the general public to see some of what really goes on.
You only need to cast a glance at the controversial Guantanamo Bay ot Gitmo to see the terrible track record the US as far as Human Rights and legal recourse goes. President Obama pledged to close Gitmo but this week it was announced that more money would be pumped into the establishment.
When Assange's legal challenges to his extradition failed he took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy on June 19 2012, and there he has stayed. An Australian, Assange has been refused help by most countries. Ecuador may be his last chance.
The deadline for his extradition is midnight tonight, July 7, 2012. UK authorities though will not be able to arrest Assange unless he leaves the embassy, either voluntarily or forcibly. If he stays put he will remain in violation of bis bail but that will be a more serious concern for those who stumped up money to support Assange. He may feel that he has nothing to lose.
Sweden do expect some movement after the deadline but what that can be is hard to ascertain. Ecuador continues to say that it is considering his appeal for sanctuary and citizenship which will leave the authorities powerless.
Supporters of Assange claim that the US justice system has Grand Jury plans in the offing, simply waiting for Assange to be extradited to Sweden.
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