The extradition of Julian Assange to Sweden could be delayed by over a month after Foreign Secretary William Hague agreed to organise his evacuation from the UK.
‘We are doing everything we can to get him out of the country,’ said Mr Hague, ‘however, due to a string of unforeseen circumstances there have been some delays.’
Mr Assange was originally due to leave the UK on a civilian plane but this broke down on the runway. Mr Hague then ordered the RAF to send in a Hercules C130 but this proved too small to carry Mr Assange, his legal team and the 250,000 documents he carries with him at all times.
A further extradition attempt was made when Mr Hague tried to personally ferry Mr Assange across to Sweden in a Royal Navy pedalo. However, this too had to be abandoned after Mr Assange kept discovering leaks.
‘If need be I will send in the SAS to get him out,’ assured Mr Hague, ‘and if that doesn’t work the Americans have kindly offered to help us remove him with a team of heavily armed CIA agents.’