A Met cop might be in hot water after the clipboard he was holding was snapped by the Press Association.
The clipboard which was held by a uniformed officer Friday outside the Ecuadorian embassy had a sheet of paper headed “Restricted” and the words “EQ Embassy brief – Summary of current position re. Assange. Action required – Assange to be arrested under all circumstances.”
The paper suggests lots of ways that Assange could exit the building such as in a diplomatic bag or car.
It also warns of the possibilities of “distraction” with supporters of Assange arranging a riot outside the building.
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police told CNN “the document is not related to the Julian Assange case” although we would be surprised if there were any other fugitives from justice holed up in the embassy with the name Assange.
This month, Ecuador officially offered Assange asylum in the South American country, but the British say they will not let him out of the embassy.
The Foreign Office says the UK has to hand him over to Sweden after every court in the land rejected Assange’s legal efforts to avoid extradition.
The dispute gathered heat when the British Foreign Office, in a letter to Ecuadorian officials, cited a little known law that could temporarily suspend the embassy’s diplomatic protection and allow authorities to enter and arrest Assange. Ecuador’s resident has dismissed any steps in that direction as “suicidal”.
Assange’s lawyer, Baltasar Garzon, said his client was willing to answer Swedish prosecutors’ questions, but only if he was given certain guarantees.
Assange’s supporters claim a secret US grand jury has been empanelled to consider charges against him. Although why the US didn’t ask the UK to hand him over is anyone’s guess.
He claims the allegations against him in Sweden were politically motivated, and thinks Sweden will transfer him to the United States, where he claims he could face the death penalty for the work of WikiLeaks.
Sweden is getting more hacked off with Assange and the country’s press are starting to wonder why the rest of the world is ignoring its country’s victims in favour of his tin foil hat defences.