Science & Tech 19 June 2012 The desperation of Julian Assange Complainants of rape and sexual assault have rights too. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Julian Assange today sought refuge in the London Embassy of Ecuador. It is reported he is seeking political asylum. Assange is, of course, entitled to assert whatever legal rights he has in resisting extradition to Sweden to answer serious allegations of rape and sexual assault. But every delay, every evasion, of Assange in answering these allegations is also a further delay in dealing with the allegations. It appears to me that Assange’s ploy is just another desperate stunt to frustrate and circumvent due process for investigating these allegations. The allegations of rape and sexual assault against Assange are serious, and they require answering. There is something which should not be forgotten in all this. Complainants of rape and sexual assault have rights too. › Julian Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange. Photograph: Getty Images David Allen Green is legal correspondent of the New Statesman and author of the Jack of Kent blog. His legal journalism has included popularising the Simon Singh libel case and discrediting the Julian Assange myths about his extradition case. His uncovering of the Nightjack email hack by the Times was described as "masterly analysis" by Lord Justice Leveson. David is also a solicitor and was successful in the "Twitterjoketrial" appeal at the High Court. (Nothing on this blog constitutes legal advice.) Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles "We're an easy target": how a Tory manifesto pledge will tear families apart Why the Tories' falling poll lead is believable Will it be Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk who is proved right on space exploration?