THURSDAY 19 JUNE 2014
EMBASSY OF SWEDEN
11 MONTAGU PLACE
A delegation from Veterans For Peace UK visited the Swedish embassy today to voice grave concerns arising from the ongoing situation of Wikileaks Editor Mr Julian Assange.
Veterans For Peace UK recognise Wikileaks as an organisation that reveals to the public the true nature of war. Mr Assange has published the Afghan War Diaries, The Iraq War Logs, Cablegate and The Collateral Murder video. As a result of his fearless action he faces persecution from the United States of America.
To protect Mr Assange from political persecution and human rights violations Ecuador has granted Mr Assange political asylum. He has now been inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two years. Mr Assange cannot leave the embassy at present because he will be arrested by the Metropolitan Police and extradited to Sweden. Swedish authorities have refused to guarantee not to extradite Mr Assange to the United States of America.
We want to know why it is that the relevant Swedish authority refuses to guarantee not to extradite Mr Assange to the the United States of America where he would face political persecution and human rights violations.
We think it is unacceptable that the British public are picking up the bill to surround the Ecuadorian Embassy with police officers in order to facilitate the Swedish extradition request. It has been estimated that the cost of this operation is over £6 million and rising daily.
We propose that the relevant Swedish authority guarantees not to extradite Mr Assange to the United States of America or that the Swedish extradition demand is dropped.
In the meantime it is only right that Sweden covers the full cost of the police operation outside the Embassy of Ecuador.
We wait for a response…
Coordinator, VFP UK