The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Christine Assange, says it would be an act of war for police to enter Ecuadorian embassy in London where her son seeking political asylum. Source: AP
THE mother of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says it would be an act of war for police to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is seeking political asylum.
Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says Britain has threatened to storm the embassy and take 41-year-old Assange by force is they do not hand him over.
Mr Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy since June.
He is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations in Sweden but fears it will be a means for deportation to the United States, which may seek to try him for his website’s release of a trove of secret documents.
Ecuador is due to announce at 10pm (AEST) on Thursday if it will grant asylum.
Mr Assange’s mother Christine Assange is furious the police may be sent in to arrest her son and said they would be acting on behalf of the United States.
She said it is a threat to a sovereign country and is a way to intimidate Ecuador into not to grant alyssum.
“This is a sort of declaration of war,” she told AAP.
“The US has degenerated into a rogue state.
“What the US wants, the US gets from its allies, regardless of if it’s legal or if it’s ethical or in breach of human or legal rights.”
“We’re all lackeys.”
She called on Attorney-General Nicola Roxon to protest the threat but said she wouldn’t because she too is a “simpering sycophant” of the US.
“Her job is to represent Australia as a sovereign country, not to represent US interests as the 51st state of the US which is all they’ve done ever since they’ve been in government,” she said.
Mr Assange had embarked on a marathon round of court battles but finally exhausted all his options under British law in June when the Supreme Court overturned his appeal against extradition.
Even if the asylum request is granted, it is unclear whether Assange will be allowed to leave, as British police are ready to arrest him for breaching the terms of his bail granted in 2010.