"there is a legal basis in the U.K.—the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act—-which would allow us to take action to arrest Mr. Assange in the current premises of the embassy." The summary added that the U.K. hopes "not to get this point, but if you cannot resolve the issue of Mr. Assange's presence on your premises, this route is open to us."And, they are positioning folks for the fun and games:
About 20 police officers were stationed outside the Ecuadorian embassy by lunchtime Thursday, along with roughly 25 supporters of Mr. Assange. His supporters—some carrying Ecuadorian flags, others wearing the trademark masks of the Anonymous hackers group—chanted "Hands Off Ecuador! Hands Off Julian Assange!" and played music from Rage Against the Machine and Twisted Sister.
Twisted Sister? What is that?
What are the odds the Ecuadorians try to spirit him away undetected? Seems the Brits have planned for that contingency, having sited the 'Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act'. So, how do they proceed?
Here is a summary of the possible legal moves in this ongoing chess match. Sanka version: The foreign office can "de-recognize" the particular premises as a consular building, but probably only if it, at the same time, provides another. In any case, Ecuador could initiate some sort of legal review, contesting the justification, using some helping of international law, thus delaying things, much to Brave Sir Julian's purposes. (He has become quite the master of finding ways to delay his trip to Sweden has he not?)
Either this, or..
The Brits can simply cut off diplomatic relations, close the premises, send the Ecuadorans packing and arrest Asschapeau in the process (Note to bobbies: You'll find him in the tall wardrobe boxes).
Note to Brave Sir Julian of the Pallid Complexion and Multi-hued Coif. There is not very much dancing room in a packing box.
But, can they dance in Quito!
Exit observation: I do really like Ecuadoran music, always have since wayyy back in the day when I would listen to HCJB Radio "The voice of the Andes" via shortwave.. The pan-pipes do the trick.