Michael Ratner: 'The British ought to just back off' over Assange

Michael Ratner, a member of Julian Assange's legal team has said that the British should "back off" from efforts to arrest the Wikileaks founder.

In an interview posted on On the Democracy Now! website, he said:

The British ought to just back off, and the US ought to just back off. He has a legal right to asylum under the refugee convention.

Under the UN declarations, there cannot be any adverse consequences for countries granting asylum. It’s considered a humanitarian act.

And for the British to say that they’re going to go into the embassy and get out someone who’s been granted asylum would turn the refugee convention and asylum completely on its head. It’s unheard of.

The British are only doing this as bullies, bullies most likely for the United States.