June 21st, 2012
08:34 AM ET

Assange will be arrested if he comes out of embassy in London, police rep. says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be arrested if he comes out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he is seeking asylum, a Metropolitan Police representative at the scene said Thursday, without giving his name.

Assange was arrested in Britain in 2010 because Swedish authorities want to question him about allegations of rape and sexual molestation. His bail conditions included staying every night at the home of a supporter outside of London.

Why Assange needs Ecuador and Ecuador needs Assange

Two women have accused Assange of sexually assaulting them during an August 2010 visit to Sweden in connection with a WikiLeaks release of internal U.S. military documents. He was arrested in Britain that December and has been fighting extradition ever since, arguing the allegations are retribution for his organization's disclosure of American secrets.

Assange's only further legal recourse would be to apply immediately to the European Court of Human Rights, and his attorneys have vowed to do so. He has said he fears that if he is extradited to Sweden, authorities there could hand him over to the United States, where he then could be prosecuted for his role in the leaking of classified documents.

Assange has not been charged with a crime, but Swedish prosecutors want to question him about allegations of "unlawful coercion and sexual misconduct including rape," according to a Supreme Court document. Ecuador said its decision to consider Assange's asylum request "should in no way be interpreted as the government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden."

Julian Assange: Loathed, admired, here to stay

WikiLeaks, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, has published some 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables, causing embarrassment to the government and others. It also has published hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents relating to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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  1. RunfortheHills

    If Assange emerges from the embassy in an Ecuadorian vehicle flying the Ecuadorian flag, you bet they won't be able to touch him. A person traveling under the flag of a foreign embassy under the protection of the officials of that country, cannot be arrested, because they would have to violate Ecuadorian sovereign territory to do it.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mikebo

    Having the goods on the USA is one tthing.Putting no telling how many military lives in jeopardy is another.If you are innocent whats the deal?Maybe we need to invite this creap to lunch"like the soviets"and he began to feel sick and lose his hair!Safe place might be Pakistan..Oh wait might not be that safe after all.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • drito

      Sure lay the blame on the man who exposes illegal activity by the world most largest and powerful military power, and not the culprits. The US military hierarchy is directly responsible for the actions of those in their command and the conduct of each individual while serving. If anyone is to be arrested and charged with crimes it should be those exposed of abetting and allowing war crimes to go unpunished.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Is it not odd no one cared about him till he spilled the beans released files?I got a feeling this is really corupt. Im not sure what he did put anyone in danger, infact I did not really see anything that most people thought was going on anyway. A lot like Russia say the wrong thing and end up in the Gulag.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tony

    This P.O.S. is a traitor and a rapist for his own personal gain. No country wants him, oh maybe the dying island of anonomous.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chum

      Um. He's not an American so who exactly is he a traitor to?

      June 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chum

      And "no country wants him"? Did you read the article? Or do you not consider Ecuador a country?

      June 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dennis

    It would be preferable if he were executed or "terminated" in CIA lingo for espionage if he exits the Ecuadorian embassy.He sure is a creepy,wimpy looking little pervert!

    June 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      Are bidding for the "contract" on this job?

      June 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corey

      Dear Dennis,

      Please return to your trailer for a crown and coke and some UFC. This conversation is for grownups.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Edog355

    For the sake of good, transparent government, Assange should be praised and thanked – not criticized and demonized. It's amazing to me how many people jump right in line to support the government being able to hide information – like when the Marines murdered several Reuters journalists in Iraq for no apparent reason. Government is supposed to be open and transparent for a reason. Remember – Sunshine is the best disinfectant! I hope wikileaks continues doing what they do.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      You got that right Edog. When the US government does wrong they should be exposed and punished for it.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJB

      Right on Edog!!!! Assange should be let go free. The real criminals are in the govt.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. comingsoon

    well when the depraved thieves are the massers of the thugs whom you call your "representatives"...

    June 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. comingsoon

    telling the truth is the cardinal sin when the thugs in DC are hired to do the dirty work (aka commit crimes against humanity) by the depraved thieves on wall street.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JosephMark

    The thing which has bothered me about this case since day one is this: why can't the Swedish prosecutors simply question him in the UK? I'm sure that some level of jurisdictional leeway can be granted by which Swedish prosecutors could chat either remotely or in person with Assange, and have that conversation a part of the legal record. The only plausible reason they would seek extradition over the course of two years instead of availing themselves of far more convenient methods is that their interest goes beyond simple questioning. If I were in Assange's shoes, I, too, would be quite worried about Sweden's true motives here, especially in light of his international meddling.

    He's a marked man, and everyone knows it. The justices in the UK who dismissed this concern are almost certainly complicit, and that's bloody terrifying on a personal level.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Osama Abdallah

      Don't forget their brainless toilet papers from the bigots and racists from the rednecks and others who want to turn the USA into a gang-banging government, where thugs and murderers rule and no one could even touch them. So much for freedom and liberty if they have it their way.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Smyth

    Here's to all the celebrities that lost the bail money they guaranteed.

    Julian is loyal to no one but himself.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dou44

    The American gov't is angry because they were exposed for the frauds, killers, and doulbe dealers that they are. Assange should go to Ecuador. ASAP.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dutspup

    They want to make an example of him so poeple will turn a blind eye and not think twice about exposing curruption. Wont work, the peopel are getting smart and finally realizing just how twisted governments are. He is no different than any other media outlet, he simply reported wha twas given to him "by a freakin gov employee" he is just not under the gov's finger like cnn, fox, msnbc and the rest, so nice try and suck it!

    June 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. comingsoon

    Assange is smarter than all the thugs and thieves put together. they may be able to manage to kill him, but that will seal their own fate for sure, LOL.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Assange should be hung

      He is not intelligent at all.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard

    Absolutely. All truth should see the light of day. Assange is a hero.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      What about the truth of the allegations? If he's guity of misconduct should that truth see the light of day too? Or should that truth be swept under the rug because you like the other stuff he did?

      June 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dr Veruju

    The real criminals are those behind his arrest, it is a pity they are walking scot-free.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Harvey

    If the Americans ever get their hand on Assange; they will lock him up until Captain Kirk comes to bail him out

    June 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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