I am taking a summer break in sun-kissed Ireland from today. Back on 3 September. Meanwhile, in the unlikely possibility of Julian Assange getting from London’s Ecuador embassy to a Quito-bound plane without being lifted by the British police, I leave you with this imagined scenario after his arrival in Ecuador.
He will be greeted by President Rafael Correa at the airport and feted for a couple of weeks. He will gradually come to realise that left-wing anti-press actions are just as inimical to freedom as their right-wing equivalent.
Then, depend upon it, he will speak out, annoy his host and find himself needing to seek sanctuary. But where?