Social media slams UK, Sweden for Assange ruling rebuke
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.
The UK is not a free country, it has a very dangerous set of people in charge, who are basically dictators. Disgusting treatment.#Assange— ProjectChaos (@projectchaosuk) February 5, 2016
Media coverage of Wikileaks and Assange also came under serious scrutiny, particularly the suggested bias of the ‘mainstream media’.
I gotta say about The Guardian though, kudos for maintaining the hate against Assange over 5 years and 2 editors. Takes real sticktoitness.— Bernard Keane (@BernardKeane) February 5, 2016
My latest: Despite the UN ruling Assange is arbitrarily detained, the media are not about to give him a fair hearing https://t.co/z53OwdXF0X— Jonathan Cook (@Jonathan_K_Cook) February 5, 2016
The US government didn’t escape either with further questions raised over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton's server nightmare holds her more responsible for more national security breaches than ALL of #Assange leaks. WakeUp US— AwakeningsFromWithin (@NexusIndigo) February 5, 2016
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".
Ultimately I suspect Ecuador would rather Assange stays so they can avoid paying the bedroom tax.— David Schneider (@davidschneider) February 5, 2016
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.
I have to stay in today waiting for a ParcelForce delivery. I hope the UN is taking note. #arbitrarilydetained— Legal Bizzle (@LegalBizzle) February 5, 2016
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.
Found Astrid under the table; she was playing arbitrary detention and seek with her sister #Assange— Mitch Benn (@MitchBenn) February 5, 2016
Some social media users joked they had already spotted Assange out and about around London.
Think I just saw Julian Assange on a Boris bike— James Cook (@JamesLiamCook) February 5, 2016
Hey guys, guys - fairly sure I've just seen Assange going into a vape shop on Easter Road. Tie-dye coat, long hair - that's him, right?— Ashley Davies (@MsAshleyDavies) February 5, 2016
Keen observers of Assange’s press conference also noted the subtle hint towards his website.