This man has been dodging prosecution for years, thanks to the dubious generosity of Ecuador, and it’s time for him to face the music.
But I was dumbfounded to read a comment made by Russian tsar Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, who demanded that Assange’s rights be respected. Now if there’s one country that cannot lecture anyone about rights, it’s Putin’s Russia – where anyone who dares to protest is arbitrarily arrested or killed in mysterious circumstances. Like Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, Putin likes to champion the cause of anyone who has a bone to pick with the West, while at the same time persecuting internal dissent.
Isn’t that hypocrisy with a capital H?