So, Wikileaks founder has been granted asylum by Ecuador after fleeing to their embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape charges. But… he's still trapped in the embassy. How does he get to Ecuador? Get to the airport. How does he get to the airport? Possibly the diplomatic BMW 5-Series above.
It's going to be like Ronin or The Italian Job but in Britain. Also, it may not work because the police can theoretically stop the car. Also, he has to get to the car without getting arrested.
We're watching the standoff and are actively pulling for a car chase, but at this point it'll probably still be resolved the old fashion way with diplomacy. What's the fun in that?
Here's what we know so far from Twitter. We'll keep updating.
Ecuador grants— Grant Gibson (@grant_gibson) August 16, 2012
#Assange asylum. Britain won't grant him safe passage. This has the makings of a spectacular car chase across London.
Maybe if he runs really really fast he can make it to the car.— Liz May Brice (@lizmaybrice) August 16, 2012
This could get even weirder MT— Jess Brammar (@jessbrammar) August 16, 2012
@robindbrant even if [Assange] made it to car, police could stop it, just not extracate him
But will have to leave the Embassy to get to an airport - arrest then. (Car chase across streets of London would be great.)— Robert Smith (@rgsmith91) August 16, 2012
Also, we should mention, this entire twitter stream is being brought to you by Land Rover. Good advertising:
What car would make the best car for the Ecuador embassy bods to get Assange to the airport in? Unseen and un-arrested by the UK.— CamargueGroup (@CamargueGroup) August 16, 2012
Assuming— Jimbo(@jimboharris) August 16, 2012
#Assange jumped from a balcony of the Ecuador embassy, into a diplomatic car (thru the sunroof) - a. is he safe, and b. what then?!
— Sam Mushtaq (@SamMushtaq86) August 16, 2012
#Assange could dive out of the window straight in2 a diplomatic car, then drive the car straight onto a cargo plane n then outa the country!
Thanks to the link below from Gawker's Adrian Chen you can watch the car:
Mistake: Checked Vienna Convention, wily Ecuadorians can use eurotunnel. Car immune in transit to home state. French can't search— Alex Barker (@alexebarker) August 16, 2012
Here's a better stream:
So how does this work? Does— sandra gore nielsen (@LVview) August 16, 2012
#Assange ride 2 Heathrow in Embassy car? By-pass passport control? Get diplomatic passport? Take regular flight?
RT— Matthew Keys (@ProducerMatthew) August 16, 2012
@reuters: UK Foreign Minister Hague says there is no threat to storm Ecuadorean embassy
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