Social media slams UK, Sweden for Assange ruling rebuke

A supporter holds up a poster of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, Britain February 5, 2016. © Toby Melville
Social media users have blasted UK and Swedish authorities for dismissing a UN panel’s findings that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Since the UN’s ruling early Friday, #assange has been trending on Twitter around the world.

The decision by the UK and Sweden has been widely criticized with whistleblower Edward Snowden leading the way, branding it as a "dangerous precedent" for other countries.

This was echoed by others who believe it’s a bad reflection on the two governments.

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Media coverage of Wikileaks and Assange also came under serious scrutiny, particularly the suggested bias of the mainstream media.

The US government didn’t escape either with further questions raised over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

It was noted by some that the embassy may prefer if Assange stayed, if only to avoid the added expense of Britain’s "bedroom tax".

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Some social media users have also zoned in the wording of the report, in particular its use of the phrase "arbitrarily detained," which left many bemused.

The phrase could also be used as an excuse to get out of some weekend chores.

Even the classic childhood game hide and seek isn't immune.

Some social media users joked they had already spotted Assange out and about around London.

Keen observers of Assange’s press conference also noted the subtle hint towards his website.

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