So this is what has become of 'Western' 'democracy'? With the involvement of a S.American government and "Baltasar Garzón, the former Spanish judge who ordered the London arrest of Chile's General Pinochet." This is looking like a Hispanic 'fuck-you!' to America, to join Venezuela's and Cuba's. Long overdue.
*Id est, Britain is America's bitch.
'kamo' and I continue this debate on his blog-post, and in the comments here.
Glen Greenwald, as ever, covers all the bases:
It is vital that both sets of rights be safeguarded [Asannge's against political persecution, and the women's for a judicial examination of their claims], not just one. The only just solution is one that protects both. Assange's lawyers and the Ecuadorians have repeatedly pursued arrangements to vindicate all substantial rights at stake so that he can travel to Sweden – today – to face those allegations while being protected against unjust extradition to the US. It is the refusal of the British and Swedish authorities even to consider any such proposals that have brought this situation to the unfortunate standstill it is in.The Guardian's Seumas Milne lays out an argument very close to mine:
Can anyone seriously believe the dispute would have gone global, or that the British government would have made its asinine threat to suspend the Ecuadorean embassy's diplomatic status and enter it by force, or that scores of police would have surrounded the building, swarming up and down the fire escape and guarding every window, if it was all about one man wanted for questioning over sex crime allegations in Stockholm?
None of that should detract from the seriousness of the rape allegations made against Assange, for which he should clearly answer and, if charges are brought, stand trial. The question is how to achieve justice for the women involved while protecting Assange (and other whistleblowers) from punitive extradition to a legal system that could potentially land him in a US prison cell for decades.He adds a crucial point I never got to:
WikiLeaks provided fuel for the Arab uprisings. It didn't just deliver information for citizens to hold governments everywhere to account, but crucially opened up the exercise of US global power to democratic scrutiny. Not surprisingly, the US government made clear it regarded WikiLeaks as a serious threat to its interests from the start, denouncing the release of confidential US cables as a "criminal act".A criminal act; however, it was not: in the strictest and most metaphorical senses of the word, 'criminal'.