MaddMoose wrote:Good work on falling for Ecuadoran propaganda. The UK never said that, it was merely stayed that they could remove diplomatic rights to the embassy but have no intention of doing so. It was the Ecuadorians that made up the story about the raid.
Um, dude... you might want to think about whose propaganda you're prepared to believe.
Ecuador released the letter which was sent to them from British Foreign Office (via an embassy official in Quito). It read, verbatim:
You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the Embassy.
We sincerely hope that we do not reach that point, but if you are not capable of resolving this matter of Mr Assange's presence in your premises, this is an open option for us.
We need to reiterate that we consider the continued use of the diplomatic premises in this way incompatible with the Vienna Convention and unsustainable and we have made clear the serious implications that this has for our diplomatic relations.http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... sfeed=true
If they never had any intention of following through, why make the threat in the first place? This letter was never disowned by the British, they just downplayed it:
A spokesman said Britain had merely sought to "clarify its position", according to international law.
"Throughout this process we have drawn the Ecuadoreans' attention to relevant provisions of our law – for example, the extensive human rights safeguards in our extradition procedures, or the legal status of diplomatic premises in the UK," a spokesman said.
"We are still committed to reaching a mutually acceptable solution."http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/au ... ssy-asylum
For what it's worth, the British don't actually officially recognise diplomatic asylum (in fact, it's not even considered a part of International Law), it's more prevalent in South America... although the USA has played with the concept at times.