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Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:14 PM

Britain Warns Ecuador It Could Enter Embassy To Get Assange

Source: Reuters

By Eduardo Garcia and Maria Golovnina
QUITO/LONDON | Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:27pm EDT


(Reuters) - Britain on Wednesday warned Ecuador that it could raid its London embassy if Quito does not hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been taking refuge at the mission since mid-June.

In Quito, the Ecuadorean government said that any such action would be considered a violation of its sovereignty a "hostile and intolerable act."

"Under British law we can give them a weeks' notice before entering the premises and the embassy will no longer have diplomatic protection," a Foreign Office spokesman said. "But that decision has not yet been taken. We are not going to do this overnight. We want to stress that we want a diplomatically agreeable solution."

In Quito, the government bristled at the threat and said it would announce its decision on Assange's asylum request on Thursday at 7 a.m. (1200 GMT). "We want to be very clear, we're not a British colony. The colonial times are over," Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said in an angry statement after a meeting with President Rafael Correa.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/15/us-wikileaks-assange-ecuador-idUSBRE87E16N20120815



- So if you're scoring at home, the little shit what lives at Number 10 (at the moment), is prepared to ignore international law and to blatantly break the hell out of a number of other domestic rules, customs and laws (especially the CIVILIZED ones), in order to enforce a law he prefers to enforce -- which everyone knows is a farce designed to segue-way into the US getting their slimy clutches on Julian for having the temerity to embarrass their stupid asses in front of the world -- instead of the laws he doesn't want to enforce. Got that?


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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:18 PM

1. Michael Moore tweeting that they've entered the embassy:


Michael Moore ‏@MMFlint

BREAKING: London cops now raiding Ecuador's embassy according to live streamer: "@alburyj: Police enter side door of #ecuador embassy."

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Response to bleever (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:21 PM

2. Is there any verification that's really MM? I don't see how they can do this.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:25 PM

5. Yes, his verified account.

Unless he's been hacked, but it doesn't seem like it.

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Response to bleever (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 11:14 PM

16. Okay, but the three vans are still there. Could they all be inside arguing?

Nothing going on outside at all. They don't know if he's still there. Thanks for the reporting.

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Response to bleever (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:22 PM

3. They couldn't arrest the Pedophile Vatican but they

violate international law to get Assange

WOW the New World Order at its finest

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:23 PM

4. Had the Iranians given a week's notice before storming the U.S. Embassy in Tehran? If so,

it, it still would never placate us an iota.

Edited to correct placement of apostrophe

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:28 PM

6. Glenn Greenwald recommends following this account:

@avilarenata

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:34 PM

7. New live stream for embassy here:

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:38 PM

8. Reports that they may be seeking to revoke "embassy" status:

Glenn Greenwald ‏@ggreenwald

What profound respect for international law: of course we wouldn't enter an embassy - we'll just revoke its status as an embassy, then enter


David Allen Green ‏@DavidAllenGreen

It looks like that UK is not threatening to enter an embassy (it cannot); but instead find a way of removing its embassy status. Extreme.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:39 PM

9. you might want to look up the 1987 Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act

There would be no breach of international law i think as this would kick in

(3)In no case is land to be regarded as a State’s diplomatic or consular premises for the purposes of any enactment or rule of law unless it has been so accepted or the Secretary of State has given that State consent under this section in relation to it; and if—
(a)a State ceases to use land for the purposes of its mission or exclusively for the purposes of a consular post; or
(b)the Secretary of State withdraws his acceptance or consent in relation to land,
it thereupon ceases to be diplomatic or consular premises for the purposes of all enactments and rules of law.

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Response to Bodhi BloodWave (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 10:06 PM

13. I wasn't talking about GB's self-interested laws......

...particularly since they pick and choose which laws to ignore and which laws to enforce. Barclays and Standard Charter ring a few recently clanging bells. And don't even get me started on that war criminal Tony Blair!

- As I said above in OP, INTERNATIONAL LAW......

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Response to Bodhi BloodWave (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 10:06 PM

14. Reality means this has never, ever been done.

Even during military war, the Brits have never taken this step. After participating in how many other military actions against Argentina, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ireland (hell even the Irish embassy stayed open and unmolested) blah, blah, blah... where "undiplomatic" actions at those embassies were certainly being carried out like spying and illegal weapons purchases, the Brits have never taken this action against another embassy since that 1987 Act was passed even as they have participated in numerous wars since then.

They simply allow the diplomats to leave if there's any questions, unmolested, with the diplomatic status intact of the embassy. Many "diplomats" have been directly participatory in behavior that would be classified as outside the diplomatic bounds and the home countries look the other way.

This stinks to high heaven and anyone whose paying attention should be stunned that the Brits are willing to go to this level for this man. Unprecedented.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 11:36 PM

18. Exactly.

I particularly admired this part of the Wikileaks communique:

We draw attention to the fact that the United Nations General Assembly has unanimously declared in Resolution 2312 (1967) that

"the grant of asylum. . . is a peaceful and humanitarian act and that, as such, it cannot be regarded as unfriendly by any other State."

Pursuant to this resolution, a decision to grant asylum cannot be construed by another State as an unfriendly act. Neither can there be diplomatic consequences for granting asylum.

We remind the public that these extraordinary actions are being taken to detain a man who has not been charged with any crime in any country.


link


- Using that clown at 10 Downing Street's definition of sovereignty, during the Cold War Russia should have surrounded the US and British embassies every time one of their citizens defected to the West. What an ass.......

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:50 PM

10. Kick!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 09:53 PM

11. Cops (sorry) bobbies on the scene now.

Still pretty quiet.

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 10:05 PM

12. I think someone just came out of the embassy and asked the livestreamer how to get better wi-fi.

!

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 10:56 PM

15. Wikileaks statement on incursion threat:

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Response to bleever (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 11:28 PM

17. Thanks.

I hope the Ecuadorian government surrounds the British embassy in Quito with police as well.

- For their protection, of course......

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 03:07 AM

19. Just as violations of international laws and norms against torturing

prisoners of war end up putting our own people at risk of being tortured if they are captured, this sort of violation of the norms of diplomatic restraint, respect, and immunity will ultimate legitimate the violation of our own embassies, putting all of our diplomats and other embassy employees at risk!

I can't believe how stupid and shortsighted TPTB are being!

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