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So Julian says, from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy, he says,
Assange Accuses U.S. of a ‘Witch Hunt’
By RAVI SOMAIYA: August 19, 2012
Since June, Mr. Assange has been confined to the embassy, a small office in a red-brick apartment block where he fled and was granted asylum from British efforts to extradite him to Sweden. He is wanted for questioning on accusations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion brought by two women in Stockholm in 2010, allegations he has denied.
and so what does the Obama Administration reply?
U.S. says WikiLeaks' Assange trying to deflect rape allegations
(Reuters) WASHINGTON | Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:41am -
The United States on Monday accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of making "wild assertions" about an alleged U.S. vendetta against him to deflect attention from rape allegations he faces in Sweden.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland dismissed Assange's latest broadside, which he delivered on Sunday from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he has sought refuge from arrest.
"So let me get this straight:
The US is complaining...
about Britain not being able to extradite...
an Australian citizen...
because he is in the Ecuadorean embassy."
May I add:
The US is 'worried'
Assange might not face justice... In Sweden...
For not using a condom.
(Reuters, continued from above)
"He is making all kinds of wild assertions about us," Nuland told a news briefing, saying Assange's current legal problems stemmed from allegations of sexual misconduct and were unrelated to the WikiLeaks case.
"He is clearly trying to deflect attention away from the real issue, which is whether he's going to face justice in Sweden, which is the immediate issue. So that case has nothing to do with us. It's a matter between the UK, Sweden, and now Ecuador has inserted itself," Nuland said.
"Inserted itself. "
Where would that be?
Had the US thought Ecuador took its place in line?
Will that be mutually consensual?
Will that insertion have had safety first in mind?
Good luck, Julian. Try not to call attention to yourself.
Be seeing you.