Australian news, and some related international items

Police to arrest Assange ‘under any circumstance’ – leak from UK police

Police note lets slip Julian Assange arrest plan  By CHARLES MIRANDA in London 
August 25, 2012 THE order is simple and the note brief but it points to a likelihood of a complex and lengthy impasse between Ecuador and Britain over the future of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

“Assange to be arrested under all circumstances,” the confidential Scotland Yard note seen yesterday being carried by an officer outside the Ecuador embassy reads.

And therein lies the problem. He has political asylum in Ecuador but cannot get there with Britain refusing to let him step onto public soil without immediate arrest, detention and extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

Scotland Yard acknowledged the handwritten note was from a briefing and stressed that the force’s objective is to arrest Assange for breach of bail.

“Under no circumstances would any arrest be made which was in breach of diplomatic immunity,” Scotland Yard said.

August 26, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties

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