Hello everyone, tomorrow is a big day, in which we may see Sweden drop its case against Assange. I amongst all of you hope it happens. 3 years is too long and the bills are hitting almost 7 million to surveil the Ecuadorean Embassy.
Here’s what been happening over the last couple of weeks.
On the 3rd of July, Julian turned 43rd, his 3rd birthday in the Embassy and talked to Amy Goodman in a 4 part interview on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/7/exclusive_inside_embassy_refuge_julian_assange
WikiLeaks associate Sarah Harrison has been doing conferences including an keynote for the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum: https://soundcloud.com/dwgmf/ws-37_sarah-harrison
An interview on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/1/exclusive_wikileaks_editor_sarah_harrison_on
An press conference in Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV_v9luY3ik
In the UK however, William Hague stepped down as Foreign Secretary in cabinet reshuffle, Philip Hammond will take his place.
In the course of the Swedish case, Democracy Now! Amy Goodman confronted Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Blidt, here the responses:
AMY GOODMAN: Could I ask you—we’re looking at the case of Julian Assange, and 59 legal and human rights groups have made a submission to the U.N. Human Rights Council challenging the pre-charge detention, which makes it a foreign policy issue. As foreign minister, what are your thoughts on this?
FOREIGN MINISTER CARL BILDT: None, because it’s a question for the legal authorities and not a question for me.
AMY GOODMAN: But because it’s in the U.N. Human Rights commission—
FOREIGN MINISTER CARL BILDT: Well, that doesn’t make—
AMY GOODMAN: —the Council.
FOREIGN MINISTER CARL BILDT: That doesn’t make any difference whatever, because it’s still a legal issue within the legal system. And as you have in the U.S., I guess, you have the separation between the executive and judicial branch. And the executive—that’s sort of the nature of democracy or constitutional democracy. If you’re a representative of the executive branch, you have no say—and shouldn’t have any say—in what the judicial branch is doing. And that applies here, as well.
AMY GOODMAN: Will it weigh into the Universal Periodic Review that Sweden is up for now before the U.N. Human Rights Council?
FOREIGN MINISTER CARL BILDT: I haven’t a clue. I would doubt that very, very much, I have to say.
AMY GOODMAN: Could I ask why they—Sweden doesn’t just question him at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he is?
FOREIGN MINISTER CARL BILDT: You would have to ask the legal and judicial system on that, of course.
AMY GOODMAN: Then, last question is: Is this an issue that’s being raised to you more and more as you travel as foreign minister?
FOREIGN MINISTER CARL BILDT: No, I think I haven’t heard it for a long time. I think you are the first one to bring it up with me for probably a year or something like that.
AMY GOODMAN: Are you concerned about it? Is it a concern in Sweden, considering he’s been dealing with this for four years?
FOREIGN MINISTER CARL BILDT: Go around here and judge yourself. I think the answer is, was no.
Today is 3rd of July, which is Julian Assange’s birthday. Happy Birthday to the editor of WikiLeaks. As he spends his 43rd b-day in the Embassy, here’s what’s been happening.
We shall see tomorrow. Pray and hope, send thoughts.