Re: Has it cost anything at all?
The reason for quoting this cost is that the officers can't do anything else while waiting for Assange to come out.
The coppers and equipment would have been employed and the money spent either way, but it could have been used in other, more useful ways.
- walking the beat, responding to calls etc.
Instead the officers are standing around watching a door, hoping he'll come out and they can arrest him, pass him on to the Swedes or the courts and get back to doing something else.
There's no choice though. As a country we simply cannot allow anyone to abscond bail.
The difference here is that he convinced another sovereign state to let him sleep on their couch.
They probably wouldn't do that for me, but apparently he's quite persuasive.
Eventually they'll decide he can't stay anymore and that will be that. He'll be taken to Sweden, face the police there, perhaps be tried, be convicted or cleared and when that's over, he'll be deported back to the UK to serve his sentence for absconding.
At that point it would be trivial for another interested country to request the dubious pleasure of his company.
If his claims of US involvement are true, then absconding was the stupidest thing he could have done, other than flying to the USA and knocking on the door of the Pentagon.