New UK Foreign Minister Jeremy says Assange faces "serious charges" and should be immediately arrested. Did he just reveal that the UK has a US extradition warrant? Because Assange is not charged in the UK.
- Senior officials and ministers in high-level talks to decide Assange's fate
- Ecuadorian President Moreno called Assange a 'stone in the shoe' and a 'hacker'
- The discussions come just weeks before President Moreno visits the UK
- Assange has been living in the embassy in Knightsbridge since June 2012
20 July, 2018
Britain is in secret talks with Ecuador to evict Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from its embassy in London.
This is the only worthwhile thing pointed out by Hal Turner:
UK minister dares Julian Assange to leave Ecuadorean embassy
21 July, 2018
JULIAN Assange is facing “serious charges” and can expect a “warm welcome” from British police if he walks out of the Ecuadorean embassy, according to UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The Wikileaks founder has been holed up in the embassy in London since 2012 in fear of possible charges being brought against him by US authorities.
“He is free to walk out of the doors of the Ecuadorean embassy any time he wishes,” Mr Hunt said.
“This is a country that respects rule of law, you are innocent until proven guilty.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looking out of the Ecuadorean embassy before addressing the media in central London on February 5, 2016.Picture: AFP
“Serious charges have been laid against him and we want him to face justice for those charges but we are a country of due process.
“At any time he wants to he is free to walk out onto the street of Knightsbride and the British police will have a warm welcome for him.”
Charges against Mr Assange in Sweden have been dropped and he is facing only a minor charge in the UK for failing to turn up to a court hearing.
It is unknown what “serious charges” Mr Hunt was referring to.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt discussed Assange at the UK-Australian ministerial consultations in Edinburgh this week.Picture: Getty Images
It comes as an Ecuadorean minister told local media that the country was in the process of negotiating with the UK to break the diplomatic deadlock.
Speaking alongside Mr Hunt, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the government was offering Mr Assange consular support.
“The Australian Government has provided consular support and will continue to do so as is required,” she said.
“We understand there are still matters where Mr Assange is subject to British legal proceedings so therefore that would be a matter of British law enforcement authorities and agencies.”