Not an altogether unexpected twist in the Julain Assange story with The Ecuadoreans granting him political asylum as he sits in there Embassy in London much to the annoyance of the British, the Swedes and a strangely quiet America.
The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has insisted that the Government would not allow the WIkileaks founder safe passage out of the UK and have handed the Ecuadoreans a sniffy letter warning there was a legal basis to arrest Mr Assange at the embassy and if it continued to shield him there would be 'serious implications' for diplomatic relations.
So now we have a stand off with the British saying that if the Australian sets foot outside the front door of the Ecuador Embassy, they can legally arrest him and if they need to, they can just waltz in and nab him anyway.
The problem does not seem to be with Assange going to Sweden where the charge against him is flimsy at best with the charge being initially dismissed by a Swedish judge and then suddenly resurrected and centres around a ripped condom during consensual sex. The problem seems to be that once the British pack him off to Sweden, America will be his next port of call where there has already been calls for his execution from politicians including one time Presidential candidate Mick Huckabee who said 'anything less than execution is too kind a penalty' and one time Vice President Sarah Palin called for him to be treated as if he was 'an Al Quaeda or Taliban leader'.
Despite the grandstanding, it is highly unlikely that we will storm a foreign Embassy and equally unlikely is that Assange will remain in there until he dies so the most likely outcome is that the police will play a waiting game until Assange finally leave the embassy.
The other option is they manage to sneak him out and diplomatic vehicles are immune from searches from the receiving country, in this case the UK. But even if Assange managed to get into an embassy car without being arrested, he would at some stage have to get out to board a plane and will have lost the protection by not actually being technically on Ecuadorean soil, and therefore arrestable.
I'm hoping that behind the the walls of the Embassy they have a decent supply of A-Team episodes and are presently devising a cunning escape plan involving a length of rope, two Maltesers they found down the back of the sofa, an old photograph of Bruce Forsyth and a copy of the 1974 Mud Hit 'Tiger Feet'.