I've no idea of the truth of the original allegations, or his claims that he was set up, but since then it's quite impressive how he's managed to change my perception of him and wikileaks from 'champions of freedom-of-information / free speech' to 'russian government stooge' over the last few years.
The reasons why Ecuador took Assange in in the first place no longer make much sense. Under Correa, there were a number of tensions with the US that were looming large in Ecuadorian political landscape following a default in 08. By taking in Assange, Correa could both shore up anti-US sentiments at home that were mounting in criticism over an oil export deal, and get a bargaining chip to boot if he needed it. With Correa out of the picture and China stepping in and propping up exports, this makes little sense, and Assange's value as a bargaining chip is dubious to a Trump admin.
Back when Wikileaks had a better reputation, it also helped affray Correa's attacks on free speech at home. Now that Assange's reputation is in the gutter, he's only a liability to Ecuador.
Why on earth haven't they removed him in a diplomatic bag or handcuffed to their ambassador?
It's getting a little hard to see what he's hiding from -- his asylum claim had been based on fears that after being extradited to Sweden he would then be sent to the US; but (according to the article) he's only facing UK charges of breaching bail conditions, and he was in the UK, seemingly unafraid of being whisked off to America, before all this erupted.
To my (perhaps naive) eyes, it looked like that was the "final settlement" to defuse the situation -- the Swedish charges have been dropped but he has to face charges for the comparatively lesser offence he plainly and publicly committed (breaching UK bail conditions)?
I'm not sure there is much the UK can mediate on -- they plainly can't do or say anything about whether a third country (the US) has prepared charges they are waiting to file as it's not under their control, and in any case that wouldn't have any bearing on the UK bail-skipping charges (as a suddenly-filed extradition request if anything would be more likely to succeed if he wasn't facing charges in the UK)
Or you know, he could let the justice system run its course.
has he seriously not left this building in that many years?
some of the comments in this thread are really concerning to me. i bet assange was in their good books before their political candidate lost.
Clearly the man takes his orders from Vladimir Putin so bagging him and executing him is a-okay
Respect! Without him we would know anything about Clintons, Pizzagates, Obamas juicy hidden secrets. Big thanks you really proven that our governments are liars..
Time to introduce Assange to Muller.