Argentina criticises Britain’s ‘arrogance’ in Assange caseAugust 29th, 2012 - 1:14 pm ICT by IANS
Buenos Aires, Aug 29 (IANS) Argentina’s Ambassador to Britain Alicia Castro has criticized the British government’s “arrogance” in dealing with the Julian Assange case.
Castro told a radio station that the diplomatic conflict between Britain and Ecuador, as a result of the latter’s decision to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum, “resembles its declarations regarding the Malvinas question, with which Britain also disregards international law”.
Both Britain and Argentina claimed ownership of the Malvinas islands - called Falklands islands by Britain - and Britain has repeatedly ignored UN resolutions to address the issue, reported Xinhua.
Regarding Assange, Britain initially threatened to storm Ecuador’s embassy in London, where the freedom-of-information activist has been seeking refuge since June 19, but retracted the threat last Saturday after countries throughout Latin America condemned the warning.
“To Argentinians, the threat shows the arrogance of British diplomacy. We are not surprised by it,” said Castro.
Britain says it must hand over Assange to Sweden for questioning in two sexual misconduct cases brought against him, but Assange fears Swedish authorities will extradite him to the US, where he could be prosecuted and possibly sentenced to death for having revealed US military secret documents through his website.
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