A flurry of reports overnight suggest that right wing anti democracy activist Julian Assange is about to lose his asylum in the Equadorean embassy, London.
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno is in the UK capital to speak at a disability event. However it is speculated that he will also talk with the UK Government about bringing the accused rapist’s time at the embassy to an end.
Equador cut off Assange’s internet access a few months ago after he publicly backed the breakaway of Catalonia from the Spanish state. Spain and Equador have a close relationship and the Equadoreans felt Assange had breached the understanding that underpinned his asylum, which was that he would not do anything that would embarrass his hosts.
If Assange is forced to leave, he will almost certainly be immediately arrested for breaching his bail conditions. That might be a small comfort to his friends who put up his bail money when he was first accused of rape. Assange told them he would honour the bail conditions, then bolted anyway, costing his mates hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Running from justice in the UK will probably only get him a fine or perhaps a few months in jail, though the conviction will probably severely restrict his ability to travel in the future. Mind you, he’s pretty unlikely to be heading back to the Nordic countries any time soon, unless the Swedish authorities choose to revisit the rape charges and again request his extradition.
The paranoid anti state righties who back Assange will be in a froth this morning, but the hypocrisy of Assange’s shining a light on the inner workings of democratic governments while choosing to hide in the dark himself could not be sustained forever.
Assange is a weak man, a Weinstein of the web. If Wikileaks was ever going to be of use to the people, it should have gone after global capitalism. But no, it chose to align with the world’s mafia states, helping to weaken confidence in participatory democracy. Assange was, for a time, neo liberalism’s greatest asset.
Wikileaks has made the world less safe, less open. More able to be exploited.
That’s Julian Assange’s real legacy; he’s just a smug shill for capitalism.