Metropolitan Police officers have been stationed outside the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge around the clock since June last year. It has cost taxpayers £2.9 million.
We seem to be loosing sight of the real issues here, and the British media and television are instrumental in leading the diversions. The fact of the matter is simple. The United States want Julian Assange in the dock standing next to Bradley Manning. It would be easier for Assange to be extradited from Sweden than here, therefore the objective is to remove Assange from the UK and get him to Stockholm.
If Assange has sex questions (no charges have yet been made) to answer, then the Swedish authorities should come here to carry out an interview. There have always been contradictory features surrounding the allegations but the smoke and mirrors created by the American, British and probably Swedish "authorities", have already succeeded in turning this circus into an "Assange is a sex criminal avoiding justice by hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy" story, which too many people in this country now accept as truth. The "cost to British taxpayers" is an un necessary cost which the government has incurred and is being used as an embellishment to the "hiding in the embassy" story line for public consumption.
There may be some element of truth in the allegations, and I certainly would be amongst those demanding justice for the victims, but let us not loose sight of the fact that this situation is not about sex crimes, it is about extradition to the United States for a “show trial” because the American government and its excesses have been exposed though Wikileaks.
|Ecuadorian embassy: London|
"The Ecuadorian government is concerned by the significant cost to the taxpayers of London of policing the embassy at the present time. However, we believe this expenditure could be avoided if the UK Government would provide the undertakings that the Ecuadorian government has sort that there will be no onward extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.