back to article Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

Wikileaks alumnus Julian Assange has apparently turned down a proposed deal that would have seen him leave the Ecuadorian embassy he has been camped out in for over six years. The government-secrets spaffing outfit on Friday confirmed that it would not be taking a deal that Ecuador has struck with the UK that would have given …

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  1. rmason Silver badge

    Am I understanding this correctly?

    He wants to leave "ecuadorian soil" but have Ecuador guarantee his safety *after he has left*.

    Bed, made, lie in it etc.

  2. Pete4000uk

    Is he technically homeless?

    I'll stop by with some Turkey and lots of sprouts on Christmas day.

  3. Potemkine! Silver badge

    So, the idea is UK extraditing the Russian Proxy to Sweden, Sweden extraditing him to the US, soneither Ecuador nor UK violate their word?

  4. LordHighFixer

    Here is a good question.

    At this point, would anyone stop a couple of polite, non-government affiliated, visitors to the embassy, from forcibly escorting him out to the street.

  5. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

    Christ. The PewDiePie mongs haven't left yet.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Australian

    He's still an Australian citizen isn't he? If the embassy want him out, why not just revoke his asylum and arrest him for trespass in the embassy? Then send him to the Australian embassy.

    He's too high profile to be locked away for long - even Bradley/Chelsea Manning (who was thrown to the wolves by Wikileaks imho) has been released.

    He was accused in Sweden and should have faced that head on. This on-going saga has just been stupid and costly for all involved.

  7. Menasco
    Holmes

    Bigger "balls" than you!

    If Mr Assange had done nothing more than make comments on an I.T website then he wouldn't have ended up in his current situation,which makes me suspect that this thread has magnetized a shitload of "good Germans"still feeling a bit raw at the collapse of a convenient tyranny excercised by one Mr Hitler 75 years ago,denial,the gift that just keeps "giving".I wonder what Lester would have thought eh? But then Lester was also a "doer" not merely a"sayer".Interesting that many wish to discuss the English language,rather than human rights.The up/down vote facility stimulates one of the least appealing aspects of human nature,if you don't know which one then perhaps use a mirror and have some tissue at hand or perhaps one round in a bolt gun.To the people who now administer El Reg,perhaps you could put it to the vote or,um,have a referendum...ho ho ho.

    1. Killing Time

      Re: Bigger "balls" than you!

      @menasco

      There is a mechanism in written English where you start a new paragraph when you are making a new point. It helps the reader understand where you are going with your argument.

      You may want to try it sometime, though having trudged through your post, personally I don't think it would have helped.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Bigger "balls" than you!

        If you do figure out what Menasco is on about, be a good sport and let us know.

        Cheers.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Bigger "balls" than you!

        There is a mechanism in written English where you start a new paragraph when you are making a new point. It helps the reader understand where you are going with your argument.

        That assumes there is a structure worth dividing to start with ..

  8. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Coat

    I'm a celebrity 2019

    From the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. We can vote him out.

  9. Danny 2 Silver badge

    Sunday Morning Herald column

    Worth reading.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-column-i-didn-t-want-to-write-about-julian-assange-20181206-p50kng.html

    1. Menasco

      Re: Sunday Morning Herald column

      Danny 2,thanks for the link,very informative,just like Mr Assange's release of documents in the public interest,surely the core purpose of the internet,unless you think "opinion" trumps "facts".Elizabeth Farrelly sounds like quite a gal,"RESPECT!" as youngsters are fond of saying.

      1. Danny 2 Silver badge

        Re: Sunday Morning Herald column

        She describes herself as a previous Assange critic, I'm not sure that is true, but it seems a balanced critique.

        Well, it kind of aligns with my opinion so I would consider her balanced! The SMH is a very reputable, a tad conservative, newspaper. I'm more of an The Australian type of guy. And I despise Australians.

        1. Killing Time

          Re: Sunday Morning Herald column

          The author claims to have been a previous Assange critic, however I don't see the article revealing any new info which may have swayed her claimed previously held opinion. Or anything which adds to the public debate for that matter.

          Its just a rehash of all that has gone before including the fallacies being perpetuated surrounding the legal position of the Swedish charges, and the bizarre expectation that the Swedish authorities should have come to London to interview their suspect.

          It strikes me as an opinion piece just to fill column inches. Neither here no there.

          That's the thing about opinions, they can change like the wind for some people but unfailingly they are like arseholes, everyone has got one....

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sunday Morning Herald column

      The rape allegations and subsequent investigation have not been dropped, they have expired because they have a time limit. The two are rather different.

  10. Brangdon

    Brexit

    My guess is that he's waiting to see how Brexit plays out. A hard Brexit will mean the end of European Arrest Warrants as far as the UK is concerned. If that happens, he can leave the embassy. He'll be arrested for bail-jumping and probably serve a few days in jail, then be let free. He won't have to face the rape charges. Where-as if the UK is still part of the EU when he leaves, then during his stay in jail the warrant will be revived and he'll be off to Sweden.

    Since Brexit day is only a few months away, it makes sense to wait. If Brexit is cancelled, he'll have to think again. If May's deal goes through, I've not idea what the implications are, but I suspect he's still stuffed.

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