August 2012

Craig Murray’s Newsnight outburst: the law on anonymity should be tightened

August 21, 2012

Last night on the BBC’s Newsnight, Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, named one of the women whose evidence has led Swedish prosecutors to seek the extradition of Julian Assange. I agree with those who think this was a shocking thing for him to do. It shows no regard for the rights of […]

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Charles Crawford on Julian Assange

August 21, 2012

This afternoon I spoke to Charles Crawford, the former British ambassador to Sarajevo, Belgrade and Warsaw and now mediator and Telegraph blogger, about the international law and diplomatic ramifications of the Julian Assange stand-off. He shares his view about the British approach and the likelihood of an agreed solution.

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Julian Assange’s statement today

August 19, 2012

A few thoughts, following Julian Assange’s extraordinary statement from the windows of the Ecuadorian embassy earlier today. First, the physical arrangements. What was interesting was that he didn’t even step on to the balcony proper; he remained firmly on the threshold of the window throughout. I wish I were good enough at land law to […]

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Charon QC podcast: asylum for Julian Assange

August 17, 2012

This afternoon I spoke to Charon QC about Ecuador’s decision to grant asylum to Julian Assange. The interview deals with a number of myths that have attached to this case – including the idea that what he’s suspected of in Sweden wouldn’t amount to rape in England, and the idea that his not having been […]

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Julian Assange: can the UK withdraw diplomatic status from the Ecuadorian embassy?

August 15, 2012

The latest twist in the Julian Assange case, as we await Ecuador’s decision on granting him asylum (a decision which would not, as I’ve written before, in itself allow protection from arrest if he steps outside the embassy), is that people are wondering whether the UK can simply strip the embassy of its diplomatic status, […]

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Свободу Pussy Riot!

August 1, 2012

An important trial’s going on at the moment in Moscow – one that may be important for the future of political opposition to Vladimir Putin, and that potentially tells us a lot about what’s going on in Russia. You can witness the crime itself in the video above. Pussy Riot is an anonymous punk feminist […]

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