Wikileaks Moves to Farce: Will Assange Live Out His Days in an Ecuadorian Embassy?
Story here, and a lot of play on this morning’s BBC Newshour. This is the second time in recent months that so-called “diplomatic asylum” has crept into the headlines, last with respect to Chen Guangcheng in China in May. See this earlier post, which links to an excellent Foreign Policy background piece on diplomatic asylum.
Unlike the Chen case, I doubt very much that the UK will agree to Assange’s safe passage out of the country on the way to Ecuador even if Ecuador grants him asylum (which itself seems like a stretch, insofar as the Swedish sex case against Assange hardly qualifies as political persecution, at least not as customarily conceived – but see the Embassy of Ecuador’s statement here). So the best Assange can hope for is a long stay in non-country house quarters.
Speaking of Ecuador, is it trying to revive its imperial ambitions, in some postmodern way? See this engaging piece by Frank Jacobs, the master of cartographic stories, coincidentally out today in the NY Times (calling Duncan Hollis: interesting treaty tales therein).