So Julian Assange is remanded at HMP Belmarsh, one of Britain’s toughest prisons, whose alumni (among the gangsters, rapists, terror suspects and child murderers) include Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs and author and former Tory MP Jeffrey Archer. That Assange is being held, pending a court appearance on the charge of skipping bail back in 2012, in a prison that the BBC once called "Britain’s Guantanamo Bay", has a certain irony — one that might concentrate his mind as he contemplates his future. And what a future that may be. Extradition to the US, to face the music for releasing reams of classified US military documents via WikiLeaks — a worse crime, apparently, than sexual assault — remains a distinct possibility, despite assurances from the UK that this will not happen.

This is the same government that has been unable to honour the "will of the people" for Britain to depart the EU in an orderly fashion. The fate of a bearded, information-peddling narcissist seems like war...

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