This is becoming a Friday habit. For the 2nd week in a row I bring you a re-post of my weekly Alpine Opinion AFL footy tips or, more correctly, its totally football-irrelevant intro. This time it’s about one of Iain’s favourite blokes, Julian Assange. Again, I’ve left out the actual tips, although I’ll just mention that St Kilda will beat the living Christ out of Geelong in tonight’s do-or-die battle:
Despite Ecuador granting Wikileaks’ Julian Assange political asylum, the British government seems determined to take him into custody, even if it means they break all the diplomatic norms and storm the embassy to arrest him.
But is he still there?
Some of the protesters say put him in a diplomatic pouch; others do not even think Mr Assange is inside.
“There was a pizza guy that came to deliver a pizza with his helmet on, he went inside the embassy and then he came back out, hopefully Assange changed clothes with that pizza guy, put that helmet on and went off on the bike,” one protester said.
Um … that’s wishful thinking.
Somehow I don’t think this is going to end very well for Assange. It’s a pretty tense situation and you have to wonder about the whole process of extraditing him to Sweden to answer those clearly trumped-up sex allegations. If that’s all that there is to it (and clearly it’s not) then why is England going to so much trouble over this one person? Surely they’ve got bigger fish to fry than Julian Assange.
(I also have it on good authority that Tony Abbott has asked Ecuador to take our boat people in the event he becomes Prime Minister. He calls it ‘The Central American solution’)