Wikieaks founder Julian Assange is wanted in Sweden for alleged sexual crimes which occurred almost two years ago. He stands charged of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion, involving two women. Mr Assange has denied any wrong doing and has continued to fight his extradition.
If the allegations are true the two women have been badly let down by the justice system. If they are not Mr Assange could find himself caught in an ever increasing web.
It is no secret that the USA would like to get their hands on Assange. His published wiki-leaks revealed far more than US officials wanted as public knowledge. One casualty of this affair has been Bradley Manning. His fate remains uncertain.
Assange has continued to maintain that the allegations from Sweden are all a ploy. Once in Sweden he thinks the US will easily be able to move him to that country. Either that or he will face a long sentece in Sweden for something he claims he did not do.
The latest twist in Mr Assanges complicated and controversial llfe happened last night, June 19, 2012, when he entered the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. His reason for doing so was to request asylum.
In doing so he breached his bail conditions and now faces arrest by UK police should he leave the building. Officials at the embassy have said that they must give Assange's request the necessary attention. This is common practice in embassies. Assange could have waited until a time of day when he had some freedom but he choose to enter the embassy at night.
Recently Julian had interviewed the leader of Ecuador as part of his new role on RT, Russia Today. Is this when he conceived the plan? How safe he would be in Ecuador is uncertain.
The Guardian has reported "Brita Sundberg-Weitman, a former head judge at a district court in Solna, a Stockholm suburb, who gave evidence in Assange's appeal against extradition in the UK courts, said she feared Assange's decision to seek refuge in Ecuador was misguided. "I can understand that Assange is afraid of being sent from Sweden to the US, but I am not sure it will turn out well for him," she said."I don't know what his situation would be if he really landed in Ecuador and whether he would be safe. If you think of the policy of the Obama administration to kill whoever the president considers a terrorist wherever they are in the world."
Last week Assange's appeal to the Supreme Court was rejected. This meant that extradition was imminent. Perhaps seeking asylum was simply a last ditch effort of a desperate man? Then again it could have been more contrived.