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    “Pride, Ball wrote, is “the only barrier” to him leaving.”

    That seems dumb, since Assange in rightly so afraid of needing to serve a severe prison sentence for helping whistle-blowers expose their secrets if he gets extradited to the US.

    It seems “the Pride” argument is simply wrong using simple argumentation, which is something I think journalist that wrote this should explore, to show the other side of why Assange is staying in the embassy.

    If I’m thinking in the wrong way, please explain to me where I got this wrong, would like to know and improve. Thanks

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    Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray has weighed in on Britain’s response to Ecuador’s bid to give Julian Assange diplomatic status.

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/01/ecuador-and-assange/

    He refers to article 39 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations which both Britain and Ecuador are both parties of.

    1.Every person entitled to privileges and immunities shall enjoy them from the moment he enters the territory of the receiving State on proceeding to take up his post or, if already in its territory, from the moment when his appointment is notified to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or such other ministry
    as may be agreed.

    Source:
    http://legal.un.org/ilc/texts/instruments/english/conventions/9_1_1961.pdf

    The former Ambassador does have a personal bias in the matter as he claims to be the go between for Wikileaks and the person or people who “leaked” the information from the DNC emails:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Murray#Wikileaks_and_Assange

    There has been little in the news outside of the former ambassador’s claims as to the actual law behind Ecuador’s decision to give Assange diplomatic status.

    It would seem that a further review of the actual laws regarding this decision would be warranted as well as getting a legal opinion from the UK, Ecuador, and those overseeing the Vienna Convention on diplomatic Relations.

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