In the heart of London, Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, has been confined to a life within the walls of the Ecuador embassy since August 2012 when he sought asylum and was granted ‘diplomatic’ and not ‘political’ asylum.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) confirmed that he was arbitrarily detained. But the UK and Sweden rejected the pronouncement since it was not legally binding on them. British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked Assange to end “this whole sordid saga,” pointing out that it was Assange who detained himself. Following that another UN human rights expert, Alfred de Zayas, urged the two countries to follow the UN panel recommendations, in vain. The curious situation of Assange gets increasingly more so. It’s clearly known that he voluntarily sought refuge at the embassy and could walk out at his free will. So why is he still there?