WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Will Face Arrest If He Makes Statement

Julian Assange will be arrested today if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy to make a statement.

Assange will reportedly speak outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been since June. Photo: acidpolly/Flickr

WikiLeaks founder is expected to deliver a highly anticipated statement is likely to be arrested if he steps outside the building.

The 41-year-old Australian now is facing extradition to Sweden over sexual assault, which he denies. Ecuador has promised that Assange could co-operate with Sweden if assurances are given that there would be no extradition to a third country.

According to BBC, WikiLeaks chief executive first walked into the embassy in Knightsbridge, asking for protection, two months ago.

As The Telegraph writes, Assange enraged the US government two years ago when his site published tranches of secret US diplomatic cables.

A US army analyst suspected of leaking the information is being kept at an American military base.

The expert has been charged with transferring classified data and delivering national defence information to an unauthorized source. He is expected to be sentenced for 52 years of jail.

OAS secretary general Jose Miguel Insulza said Friday’s meeting would be about ”the problem posed by the threat or warning made to Ecuador by the possibility of an intervention into its embassy in London”.

He went on, adding: ”What is being proposed is that the foreign ministers of our organisation address this subject and not the subject of asylum nor whether it should be granted to Mr Julian Assange.”

”That will be discussed between Great Britain and Ecuador, the issue that concerns us is the inviolability of diplomatic missions of all members of this organisation, something that is of interest to all of us.”

Meanwhile, Britain warned that the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act of 1987 “allows it to revoke the diplomatic immunity of any embassy in British territory and enter the premises but maintained that it preferred a negotiated outcome”.

“We will not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the United Kingdom, nor is there any legal basis for us to do so,” said foreign secretary William Hague.

Last week saw news that Assange had been granted political asylum, sparking a major diplomatic row between Ecuador, Sweden and the Government which urges to hand the former computer hacker over.

“The main reason why Julian Assange was given diplomatic asylum was because his extradition to a third country was not guaranteed; in no way was it done to interrupt the investigations of Swedish justice over an alleged crime. In no way,” Ecuador President Rafael Correa said in a weekly radio address.

However, it is not clear how long the Australian will stay in the confines of the embassy, and speculation claim that he would probably appear outside the embassy today to deliver a statement.

On Thursday WikiLeaks twitted: “ANNOUNCEMENT: Julian Assange will give a live statement in front of the Ecuadorian embassy, Sunday 2pm.”

But it remains unknown how the highly anticipated statement will be made and Assange has already been warned by the British authorities that he will be arrested when he leaves the embassy.

Assange’s website WikiLeaks has published thousands of secret US military documents referring to the war on Iraq and Afghanistan which bared the inner circles of power brokering in the US administration.

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