Julian Assange’s mother, Christine, said on Thursday that the USA might be behind the threat of joining the British Embassy Ecuador in London to arrest his son and asked the Australian Justice Minister, Nicola Roxon to protest for this threat.
Wikileaks’ founder has taken refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London from June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden, which wants him for questioning him on four alleged sexual assault crimes he denies.
British authorities said Wednesday they were in the “obligation” to extradite Assange and were covered by a law that would allow them to enter the embassy in order to arrest him. London could justify an entry into the embassy by a 1987 bill on the diplomatic and consular status which allows them to revoke the diplomatic immunity of an embassy in British territory.
Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino reported on Wednesday the threat of the British authorities and rejected it “in strongest terms”. He also warned that “unauthorized entry to the Embassy of Ecuador would be a flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention.”
Christine Assange told reporters Thursday in Australia she is furious about the threat of London to arrest his son and claimed that Britain might be acting on behalf of Washington. “What USA wants, USA gets it from its allies, whether it is legal or ethical or breaking the law or human rights,” Christine Assange told reporters in Australia. “We are all lackeys,” she added. (FL)