Whilst the tabloids concern themselves with making money from the alleged sexual exploits of Julian Assange, the British government continues to endure acute embarrassment following his failed extradition. Britain’s subservience to the United States and the government’s insistence on supporting the increasingly discredited European Arrest Warrant (EAW), especially when targeted at alleged sex offenders, have caused questions to be asked as to whether Britain, like the US has something more serious to hide.
TheOpinionSite.org is not remotely surprised that the United States has tried to argue that the whole matter is for the UK and Sweden to decide but at the same time, the US has refused to state that it does not intend to eventually pull Assange out of Sweden, legally or otherwise.
Sweden, like Britain a close ally of the US, has form for acting with the CIA over the illegal “rendition” of individuals to countries where the US – and the UK – have used torture to extract information from people, contrary to the proclaimed policy of all the countries concerned.
Ever since Wikileaks released thousands of embarrassing official emails and cables into the public domain, many in Washington have wanted to extradite Assange and put him on trial for espionage, an offence which carries huge jail sentences in the US and in some cases, the death penalty.
Many have argued that the British are now so complicit in the shady affairs of the US that it was easy for a deal to be struck whereby the Swedish would force Assange’s extradition to Sweden under a EAW and would then allow the Americans to “ghost” him to the US to stand trial; thus circumventing Britain’s legal obligation not to extradite someone to a country where they may be subject to the death penalty.
Now that Ecuador has granted Assange diplomatic asylum – a concept to which the US has refused to subscribe – the whole plan has been thrown into disarray, leaving the Americans furious and the British acutely embarrassed.
To add to the misery heaped upon Prime Minister David Cameron and his Foreign Secretary (and self-declared lover of the United States) William Hague, women’s groups together with rape charities and anti-sex offender organisations in the UK have all started to pile on the pressure.
Meanwhile, those who believe that the whole extradition affair is a poorly executed lie and generated purely for the political reasons outlined above, continue to question whether or not the British government (and the British courts) would have taken the stand they have had the allegations against Assange been anything other than sexual in nature.
Indeed, one must ask whether they would ever have supported Assange’s extradition in the first place.
After all, the dictator Augusto Pinochet – whose horrendous crimes were very real and affected hundreds of thousands – was not extradited to the US but remained under British protection, despite repeated threats from the Americans.
Mrs Thatcher is on record as being a supporter of Pinochet after he supposedly “brought democracy” to Chile (really?) and also for allegedly “helping” Britain to maintain control over the Falklands.
To TheOpinionSite.org, the hypocrisy is staggering. The British government stood up for an acknowledged dictator who persecuted the innocent but is now prepared to collude with the United States over the likely and illegal extraction from Sweden of a man who many believe should be praised for unmasking the criminal activities of the rich and powerful in both the US and Britain.
Why such support for the European Arrest Warrant?
There are three main reasons why we should believe that there is something very wrong with Britain’s sudden determination to enforce a European Arrest Warrant despite huge opposition to the law from MPs, lawyers, the public and just about everyone except the police and the rather pathetic UK Border Force:
- The Americans still refuse to confirm that it is not their intention to extradite Assange to the USA once he is in Sweden
- The Swedish authorities have consistently refused to confirm that they will not hand Assange over to the Americans and have refused numerous offers to interview Assange in London
- Having made such political capital out of sex offences over the last 20 years, the British government feels obliged to enforce all EAWs connected with any sexual offence whether there is evidence to support the allegations or not. It dare not be seen to do otherwise.
Until the above anomalies are answered, the suspicions that the UK and Sweden are colluding with the United States will continue and it is simply unreasonable to expect any sane person with an interest in what is really going on in the world to think otherwise.
If more evidence were needed, just read the heavily-biased US-UK Extradition Treaty which is all drafted in favour of the United States.
Unfortunately – and TheOpinionSite.org knows that it will be criticised for saying this – for the vast majority of the British public, the whole matter of Assange v Britain and the US is an incomprehensible irrelevance and will take second place to the new football season.
Not so surprising when according to research by some polling companies, 35% of adults still don’t know who the current prime minister is and most have never heard of Julian Assange.
Sadly, as the government is only too well aware, most British people are relatively poorly educated, rarely step off the island upon which they live, have no interest in politics whatsoever, assume (perhaps correctly) that most politicians are crooks anyway and, in the true nature of “Tabloid Britain”, believe that anyone who is accused of anything to do with sexual crime – even before anything has been proved – should be put up against a wall and shot.
Therefore, many of the ‘great British public’ will at best believe that Julian Assange, a man who has arguably done more to expose the dishonesty of governments around the world than anyone else, should also be thrown on the sexual offender scrap heap – even if he may be innocent.
Unfortunately, always anxious to please the tabloids, our weak British government seems to feel the same.
The reliance of Britain’s police on the EAW when tracking down registered sex offenders is almost obsessive given that when they do finally get them back, the offender usually get a fine or 6 weeks inside. Then again, it is an easy and popular arrest to make. However, when the offence is not sexual in nature or a little work and effort are needed, the police do not bother with even trying to get an EAW.
Now suddenly, according to the Foreign Secretary William Hague (whose middle name is ‘Jefferson’ after the former US president) with the case of Julian Assange, the EAW is absolute and must be obeyed.
The only other country that believes that about EAWs is Poland. A plane leaves Stansted Airport every Thursday morning loaded with people convicted of horrendous crimes such as breaking furniture and failing to have road tax or car insurance.
Whilst the underlying importance of this affair will be lost on many people, it is hoped that for readers of TheOpinionSite.org at least, they will not.
A bad mixture of unquestioning obedience to the United States, the completely flawed European Arrest Warrant so loved by the British police, the fear of being seen to support the rights of someone already condemned as a sex offender and the embarrassment caused by stupidly threatening to smash down the doors of a sovereign embassy have all made the British government look unbelievably stupid, weak, vindictive and too wrapped up in a puritan, empirical past.
No doubt at some point, Assange will eventually get to Ecuador, whether Washington likes it or not. After all, the US now has a whole raft of other American countries lining up against it – not to mention half of Europe’s citizens who hate the United States with a passion.
Sweden too now looks weak and subservient in the face of US pressure, something the world is not used to seeing, even though it has been the case for some time now.
And what of the women who are allegedly the “victims” in this case and who conveniently came forward when the US started to make noises about extraditing Assange? What about the fact that the charges were dropped, only to be resurrected when it was convenient to do so? What about the fact that it all took so long even though the whole business was allegedly caught on video?
Readers must draw their own conclusions.
Meanwhile, as the row goes on, we must not lose sight of the fact that all this is the result of a man who wanted to expose the lies of politicians and their paymasters and in doing so, put himself in the firing line of Britain and the United States of America; both historically proven as being two of the most vindictive nations in the world.
Love him or hate him, Julian Assange is now in the history books. TheOpinionSite.org hopes that for a long time to come yet, he goes on not just being part of history but is actually responsible for making history itself.
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