Aug 162012

In the fall of 1956, after Soviet forces crushed Hungary’s anti-Communist revolution, cardinal József Mindszenty sought refuge inside the American embassy in Budapest, where he remained for the next 15 years.

Not even the Communists claimed the right to withdraw the diplomatic status of those embassy grounds or threatened to storm the embassy to arrest Mindszenty.

I am not particularly impressed by Julian Assange’s narcissism, nor by the latest shenanigans of Wikileaks, including the production of a fake newspaper editorial. But the notion that the United Kingdom might use force to remove Mr. Assange from Ecuadorian embassy grounds is just unthinkable. If this threat was meant to impress and intimidate, well, it didn’t seem to work very well, did it? If they were serious about it, I think Mr. Cameron might need to have his head examined.

 Posted by at 8:34 am

  One Response to “The inviolability of embassy grounds”

  1. *shrug*

    It’s not that surprising, when you think about it. These days, any significant government figure anywhere in the world can quickly make direct contact with any other such figure anywhere in the world by the simple expedient of picking up a phone. There’s precious little need for embassies to be inviolable any more. Which fact was recognized at least as far back as 1979 in Tehran …