Mr Assange Is Still In the Embassy

Julian Assange, still imprisoned in the Ecuadorian Embassy, has learned that charges of sexual molestation and sexual coercion have been dropped due to the Swedish Equivalent of those charges becoming statute barred. A charge of rape remains and the Swedes refuse to come to London to interview him and also Continue reading

Assange Saga Nears its End

For more than three years Julian Assange has been living in Ecuadorean soil in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He is prevented from leaving by a twenty four hour guard maintained outside the Embassy by the Metropolitan Police at a cost to Londoners of millions of pounds. He has been ordered by the English Courts to go to Sweden where he will be questioned about sexual assault allegations but Mr Assange does not trust Sweden; he fears that if he leaves the Embassy he will be taken to Sweden and thence to the United States where after a trial will be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a Federal prison for having been party to leaking information about what probably amounts to war crimes by the United States in the course of its conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. He thinks that the sexual assault allegations are simply a device to get him to the USA. Continue reading

The Magic Number of Mr Assange

Julian Assange has now spent 777 days in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. For every one of those 77 days the British Police have maintained a guard over Mr Assange’ s tiny piece of sanctuary on theoretically Ecuadorian soil in London, just in case he skips out of the country and thus avoids his required appointment with the Swedish police who want to question him about allegations of sexual misconduct. I do not know whether the Swedish Police are frightened of flying, or whether they are simply too proud to fly to see Mr Assange, but they have refused to interview him in the Ecuadorian Embassy, and so the British Police have maintained a guard which has cost the taxpayers of these islands £8 million so far.

777 is a magic number. It is a long time to spend in virtual house arrest, but Mr Assange fears that should he go to Sweden and answer the questions, not that he would face trial in Sweden but that he would be rendered to the United States where the authorities would gladly put him in prison and throw away the key (after due process of course) for having embarrassed the great government of the United States with publications of secret and disgraceful documents and videos on Wiki-leaks.

Virtually everyone agrees that the British taxpayer should not have to pay to guard Mr Assange. The Swedes could pay, but won’t, just as they could travel to interview Mr Assange but they won’t.

Having maintained a guard to prevent Mr Assange’s escape for 777 days, the British authorities would lose a considerable amount of face if they stopped the guard today. Authority hates to lose face and will not do it, as long as there are taxes in the kitty which can prevent a loss of face.

The best solution that I can see is that Mr Assange should leave for Ecuador and the British Police should let him. They can stage some mishap or cock up which would prevent the drain on our taxes, which could no doubt be used for better things. Whether, should this drain be stopped, the taxes would be used for better things is an entirely different quest.

The Significance of Numbers

If you think that certain numbers and combinations of numbers have a significance then here are some numbers and see if you can guess their relationship: 777, 3, 7,000,000 and 2. Continue reading

Edward Snowden, Rector of Glasgow University

Students at Glasgow University have a tradition of independence. Every three years they vote for the person who will become the new Rector of the University. This year there were three major candidates, Kevin Holdsworth, Graeme Obree, and Edward Snowden. To the credit of the students, Mr Snowden (presently having sanctuary and asylum in Russia), won the vote by a large margin. Continue reading

Nobel Peace Prize for Snowden?

It is comforting to see that two members of the Norwegian Parliament have nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel peace prize. No doubt that nomination will upset the United States of America and it is worth bearing in mind that Mr Snowden did bring into the open the fact that the United States of America was carrying out surveillance on its people and on other people all over the world. Continue reading