Now, Assange on a catwalk

LONDON (TIP): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy for over two years is expected to make his London Fashion Week debut this September. Assange will model for Vivienne Westwood’s son Ben Westwood at a fashion show which will take place inside the Ecuadorean Embassy so that the Scotland Yard can’t arrest him. Ben said, “Julian’s been in the embassy for two years and it’s important that he doesn’t slip into obscurity. I want to highlight his plight. What happened to him is totally unfair.”

“I’ve designed something for him along those lines and will be getting him to wear it,” he added. Scotland Yard has posted guards outside the embassy so that they can arrest Assange as soon as he steps out and puts his feet on British soil. Britain has spent nearly £6 million till now in guarding the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Scotland Yard admitted it has spent £4.9 million of this total bill on diverting officers from normal duties to prevent the 42-year-old escaping his west London sanctuary.

Around £1 million additionally was spent on overtime for officers guarding the building round the clock. According to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the daily cost of policing the building is over £9,000. Assange has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012 avoiding extradition to Sweden where he is wanted over sexual offence allegations. Ecuador has said it will continue to provide asylum to Assange even as Britain refused to give him safe passage to travel to the South American country.

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