Published On: Thu, Sep 13th, 2012

Wikileaks tweets US to blame for Embassy attacks, then posts new statements

WikiLeaks has sparked outrage after suggesting the Libyan embassy was attacked because the US had backed Britain’s threat to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London and remove Julian Assange.

Julian Assange speaking the Ecuador Embassy in the UK photo supplied via Wikileaks twitter feed

The website issued a tweet suggesting that America had given ‘tacit approval’ to the threats from the Foreign Office.

“By the US accepting the UK siege on the Ecuadorian embassy in London it gave tacit approval for attacks on embassies around the world.”

As a series of other Twitter users objected to the language – one early response read: “@wikileaks you are losing supporters fast with comments like that.” The initial tweet was deleted, though not before some Twitter users posted the screeshot (see below)

WikiLeaks replaced the tweet with a different version saying: “By the US accepting the UK threat to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London it helped to normalize attacks on embassies.”

This was followed by a tweet saying: “By the UK threatening to breach the Ecuadorian embassy in London it helped to normalize attacks on embassies, in general. It must retract.”

Then came an explanation of why the original tweet had been deleted.

“We have deleted and rephrased a previous tweet with the word ‘tacit’ in it, since the word is rare and was being misinterpreted,” it said.

Assange sought refuge in the London embassy in June so as to avoid extradition from the UK to Sweden, where he faces accusations of sexual misconduct. WikiLeaks supporters argue that Assange could then face further extradition to the US for trial over his role in publishing hundreds of thousands of leaked US government documents. Assange argues that in the US he could face the death penalty. The UK says he could not face extradition to America if execution were a possibility.

The matter remains at an impasse. The government of Ecuador has offered Assange permanent refuge in its country, but it remains unclear how he could get there. The embassy is guarded by a small number of UK police officers, something Twitter critics pointed out fell some way short of a “siege”.


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