Diplomatic Crisis At Hand Over Assange As Britain Vows Arrest, Ecuador Offers Asylum
Britain is refusing to give Julian Assange of WikiLeaks safe passage out of the country even though Ecuador has granted him political asylum. On Thursday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Assange would be arrested if he left the embassy. Britain has also threatened to raid the embassy in order to arrest Assange. "Under British law, we can give them a week’s notice before entering the premises and the embassy will no longer have diplomatic protection,” said a British foreign spokesperson. In response, Ecuador has asked the Organization of American States to hold a meeting Aug. 23 to discuss the diplomatic crisis. "The latest announcements by the British government are alarming,” said Jennifer Robinson, legal advisor for Julian Assange.