ON one level the case of Julian Assange seems to be a storm in a teacup, which has been further shaken up by some megaphone diplomacy on the part of Britain and some predictable touchiness on the part of Ecuador.
On another level, however, the case is really about the rule of law and the need for an accused person to answer questions involving allegations of serious sexual assault.
The basic facts are that Britain wants to extradite Assange to Sweden where he has been accused of sexually assaulting two women. Assange has sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, arguing that extradition to Sweden could involve a further extradition to the US where he faces arrest for his work with WikiLeaks, the online organisation responsible for publishing sensitive government and corporative information.
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