Op-Ed: A UN panel has found that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the man holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy since June 2012, should be allowed to go free.
But this will be yet another example of the British government cherry-picking decisions it approves of and ignoring the rest.
The heavy police presence outside of the embassy which cost the British taxpayer millions is no more but British authorities maintain their stance that if Assange steps one foot outside of the embassy he will be arrested.
In May 2013 an American source noted "The cost of the surveillance, which is believed to involve two police vehicles and eight officers on duty at all times, is now over $16,500 a day, Scotland Yard recently reported. The operation cost British taxpayers over $5 million since Assange got his refuge on June 19, 2012. By the time the anniversary falls, the sum is expected to have gone over $6.3 million."
That is a great deal of money especially during a period of alleged austerity.
Assange is wanted on sex charges in Sweden, charges he claims are trumped up. He believes if he goes to Sweden to face the charges he will be quickly shipped to the USA and face a fate similar to Chelsea, formerly Bradley, Manning, who is serving a 35-year jail term for whistleblowing.
Whistle-blowers such as Assange, Manning and Edward Snowden are deemed traitors and enemies of America by their homeland following their release of sensitive information.
But the truth is that information made governments more accountable and deserved to be in the public domain.
In this writer's opinion they deserve honouring for putting freedoms and liberty of others above their own personal well-being.
The cost of ensuring Assange is stuck in the London embassy after being granted asylum in that country tells you the sex allegations are not the real issue; bigger fish want to fry him.
He has been arbitrarily detained since his arrest in 2010, the panel said but as BBC news reports the UK foreign secretary said the decision was "ridiculous"; however Mr Assange hailed a "significant victory".
"Speaking at a news conference via a video link from the embassy, he said the opinion of the panel was "vindication", adding: "The lawfulness of my detention is now a matter of settled law."Mr Assange said it was a "really significant victory that has brought a smile to my face". However, the UK Foreign Office said the report "changes nothing" and it will "formally contest the working group's opinion"."
Meanwhile Mr Assange's life and health ticks away as he stays in his limited environment.
Other criminals escape the law in the UK but Assange a man wanted for questioning and not actually charged with offences remains a prisoner; in part a self-imposed sentence but by a man with no other choice.
In June Julian Assange will have been stuck in transit as the London Ecuadorean embassy for four years.
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