Eric Posner on the Assange Standoff in London
Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, has holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London, having been granted asylum by the South American nation. The British government seeks to extradite him to Sweden so that he can face charges that he sexually assaulted two women, but under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, British police can't enter Ecuador's Embassy. As soon as Mr. Assange leaves the embassy, however -- whether on foot, in the trunk of a car, or encased in a diplomatic pouch -- police can grab him. The impasse could last years.