Assange: US has “given tacit approval for attacks on embassies”

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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Julian Assange’s Twitter activity has more than once beggared belief.

But whatever you think of the WikiLeaks founder, who is currently sheltering in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, it’s hard to fathom his latest tweeted statement, in which he asserts some sort of link between the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, in which the American ambassador was killed, and his own treatment.

The tweet:

By the US accepting the UK siege on the Ecuadorian embassy in London it gave tacit approval for attacks on embassies around the world.


(Note, the UK did not storm the Ecuador embassy.)

Loyal Assange supporter Jemima Khan had the best response:

That last @wikileaks tweet manages to be both absurd and shockingly offensive & I say that as a wikileaks supporter.

The original, offending tweet was subsequently deleted, to be replaced with:

By the US accepting the UK threat to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London it helped to normalize attacks on embassies.

And an explanatory followup:

We have deleted and rephrased a previous tweet with the word ‘tacit’ in it, since the word is rare and was being misinterpreted.

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One Response to “Assange: US has “given tacit approval for attacks on embassies””

  1. Arbed Sep 13 2012, 9:43pm

    I have to take issue with this statement in your article, Toby: "Note: the UK did not storm the embassy"

    The corporate press has conveniently 'forgotten' that 30,000 people watched a livefeed from outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London on the night of 15 August. We saw 50 to 60 police officers around and going into the building. We saw 4 police custody vans grouped around the building. We saw a special marked "diplomatic custody" vehicle. Later, an AP photographer caught police instructions about arresting Assange that warned of "risk to life" and made it clear that UK counter-terrorism police units and also Special Forces were involved in the operation. And we heard Assange describe how that night he could hear "police swarming up the internal fire escape of the building". Now the UK government - and the press - is trying to deny any of this ever happened. But we SAW it. For all those criticising Assange's subjective response to the Libya raid, have you ever been through an embassy raid yourself? No, thought not. Where's YOUR sense of empathy?
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