James Ashby might now complain of having been sexually harassed by text-message by Assange, who could then be extradited home for questioning, found guiltless and let go.
He might thereafter run for the Senate in Victoria as a Democrat, and revive that party’s fortunes.
I think it has possibilities. Ashby would be wise to try this on. It might help abate his prison sentence for what he did to Slipper, which Burnside can plausibly argue was treason, which of course it is, and get his gaol term down to fifteen years or even less, and Pyne’s down to thirty.
My friend Jen Robinson is flying to Ecuador soon, she tells me, to plead her worried client’s cause. If they take him in it’s likely, though not absolutely certain, the Cameron-Clegg government would let him go. They are tremendously on the nose for having ruined the economy and punished the lower orders and smashed up the universities and they do not greatly wish to bestir the Left and the Tory libertarians and the Assangist Muslim majority to march on Downing Street or mass in Trafalgar Square by allowing the Swedes to beat him to death or claim he has hanged himself in his cell or the Americans to torment him for fifty or sixty years as they will Bradley Manning in a tiny bright freezing cell with no clothes on and loud bad music playing and no books to read. With Pilger, Bianca, Geoffrey, Kiley, Sting and Coogan on his side, and JK Rowling too perhaps, it will be hard to be against him and retain the Liberal Democrat vote.
They will probably let him go to Ecuador. But they would certainly let him go to Australia, and we should ask for him .
Or the good Ashby fabricate one of his charges in return for a reduced sentence, as I have shrewdly here advised.