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Taxi for Julian Assange: Wikileaks’ Ronnie Biggs heads to South America

by | 16th, August 2012

TAXI for Julian Assange. The man wanted in connection with alleged rape in Sweden has been granted political asylum by Ecuador. Assange is seeking to avoid extradition from Britain to Sweden, a country he used to love . Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patiño believes their is risk that Wikileaks founder Assange will be sent from Sweden to The United States. He says:

“Asylum is a fundamental human right. The Ecuadorean Government is defending its right to protect Assange and we have decided to grant him political asylum.”

A Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman is unhappy with the Ecuadoreans:

“We want to tell them that it’s unacceptable that Ecuador is trying to stop the Swedish judicial process.”

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, is also unhappy with the Ecuadoreans.

“We will not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the United Kingdom, nor is there any legal basis for us to do so. The United Kingdom does not recognise the principle of diplomatic asylum.”

Assange is inside the Ecuador embassy in London. If he goes to Ecuador if he makes it will he beome a Ronnie Biggs figure , feted by popstars and nodding heads until one day, when old, he returns to let justice run its course?

Looking at the rows over what might and might not be a partisan debate seemingly centered on the concern that the US Government’s criminal code is geared to going after people they want to prosecute rather than the crime  it can be hard for some to remember that Assange is wanted in connection with an

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