There are many people, including Naom Chomsky, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone, who believe that once Julian Assange has been extradited to Sweden his next port of call will be the United States. More interesting for me, however, is that with the quite over the top reaction of the British government to Mr Assange being granted political asylum by Ecuador, at least, suggests that my earlier theory of Wikileaks being a false flag, would appear quite tenuous, even if the tendency still must be to see Bradley Manning who, of course, as Mr Assange tries to avoid Washington’s clutches by hook or by crook, is still rotting in an American prison, as the real hero of the piece.
Still, no matter what reservations might be held regarding Mr Assange, we can be certain of one thing and that is that the United Kingdom will bend over backwards to accommodate its friends in Washington even if the foreign secretary, Mr Hague, contends that there is “no arrangement with the United States”. Indeed, Craig Murray has stated that he has private confirmation from within the FCO that “the UK government has indeed decided – after immense pressure from the Obama administration – to enter the Ecuadorean Embassy and seize Julian Assange.”
Therefore, today we have the really quite ridiculous situation whereby HM’s government is not content to limit itself to ensuring that the Wikileaks founder does not leave the country, but is actually threatening to arrest Mr Assange inside the embassy. Of course, we might wonder what kind of dangerous precedent is being set here, even if international law itself is not something that dear old ‘Blighty’ tends to hold dear. The implications at least for British diplomats abroad are ominous and. in a worse case scenario, we might even be witnessing the death knell of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.